Ted Stevens: Bring 'Em On!
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Exxon Mobil) is doing something extraordinary: Pleading innocent in federal court yesterday, Stevens demanded, and got, a trial for late September so he "can clear his name" before the 84 year-old senator runs for re-election.
Up on charges of corruption for hiding over $250,000 in home renovations that are alleged to have been paid for by VECO Corp., an Alaskan oil company. Two of their executives, including former VECO CEO Bill Allen, have already pled guilty to bribing Alaskan lawmakers. Stevens' son was named in Allen's guilty plea as having accepted "consulting fees" totalling $243,000 in exchange for steering a lucrative contract for Arctic exploration VECO's way.
Stevens had to bail himself out and, while he can travel throughout the country, he had to surrender his passport.
By requesting an early trial date, Stevens is saying in essence, "Bring 'em on!" Considering how brilliantly that catchphrase worked for George W. Bush, I welcome Stevens' decision.