Posted at 11:51 AM on October 28, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Republican Senator Norm Coleman is calling on Alaska Senator Ted Stevens to resign. A jury yesterday found the long-time Alaska Republican Senator guilty of seven counts of trying to hide more than $250 thousand in free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. At a campaign stop in Inver Grove Heights, Coleman said Stevens should leave office immediately..
"I think he's been tried and convicted and that's the standard I set before with colleagues that have plead guilty or have been convicted and I think that's what he should do."
In July, Coleman returned $20 thousand in campaign contributions from Stevens. Minnesota Democrats are calling on Coleman to also return $12 thousand that Stevens donated to Coleman's Senate campaign in 2002 but Coleman said he already spent that money. Both Stevens and Coleman are running for re-election this year.
UPDATE: DFLers say that's not good enough. They say Coleman gave back money when the Abramoff and Foley scandals occurred. They say Coleman should do the same here.
Any word on whether Coleman's suits will be donated to charity or when his pad in D.C. will be opened up as a homeless shelter?