Senator and felon Ted Stevens will take a large chunk of Seattle political clout down with him when he is either diselected next Tuesday, resigns so Sarah Palin can appoint herself to the job, or perhaps goes off to the old folks' prison in the next months.
Always assured of his legislative support over the decades, Boeing has long been one of "Uncle" Ted's top donors and is No. 1 (with $58,000 in contributions) even in this season of conviction. Likewise, Seattle fishers considered him the state's third senator and paid for the services - Trident Seafoods, for one, is currently 17th on his donor list ($18,500).
New figures from OpenSecrets.org list Seattle-area donors almost even with Chicago (Boeing headquarters) as his third-largest geographical source of funds ($121,000), behind Anchorage and D.C.
As for whether Palin becomes our third senator - as SW's Brian Miller suggested Monday - former SW reporter Tony Hopfinger, writing at Alaska Dispatch yesterday, notes that in a statement Palin urged Stevens to resign.
But what stands out most is the next sentence in her statement. “Even if elected on Tuesday,” Palin says, “Senator Stevens should step aside to allow a special election to give Alaskans a real choice of who will serve them in Congress.” Should Stevens emerge the winner next Tuesday and then resign, guess who might get to appoint his temporary replacement? Governor Palin.
And if she picks her g-droppin', serial-winkin', Six-Packin' self, how might that fly in the Last Frontier?
Alaskans are already tired of the corruption, the Palin circus, the national media, Troopergate, and the overall embarrassment their leaders have brought to the state. Stevens winning the election, resigning, and giving Palin the opportunity to appoint his replacement may just well push sourdoughs over the edge.