The withdrawal of charges against former Alaska senator Ted Stevens was a shock. Yesterday, the Alaska Republican Party claimed that the man who beat him in last year’s election, Democrat Mark Begich, should resign his seat and stand for a special election.
Gov. Sarah Palin and the head of the Alaska Republican Party said Thursday that Sen. Mark Begich should give his Senate seat up to a special election now that prosecutors have abandoned their case against Ted Stevens. “Alaskans deserve to have a fair election not tainted by some announcement that one of the candidates was convicted fairly of seven felonies, when in fact it wasn’t a fair conviction,” Palin said in a Thursday interview with the Daily News.