Republican Senator Ted Stevens (R-Bridge to Nowhere) was found guilty today by a jury of all seven counts in his federal corruption trial. The jury found Sen. Stevens guilty of “knowingly and willfully” scheming to conceal on Senate disclosure forms more than $250,000 in home renovations and other gifts from an Alaska-based oil industry contractor. Sen. Stevens faces a maximum sentence of up to to 35 years in prison when he’s sentenced, though the judge has the discretion to give Stevens as little as no jail time and probation when he is sentenced.
Despite the conviction, Sen. Stevens has vowed to continue to seek re-election as Alaska’s United States Senator. Already facing a tough fight from Democratic challenger Mark Begich, Sen. Steven’s chances obviously can’t be helped by his conviction today, and I’m willing to venture a guess Mark Begich will now go on to win Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat by a comfortable margin. This election is shaping up to be an absolute bloodbath for the Democratic Party, and I couldn’t be happier.
H/T to the Recess Supervisor at Playground Politics.