Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who has served with Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, since late 1994, had this to say about Stevens’ conviction on corruption charges:
“Today is a sad day for the state of Alaska, the U.S. Senate, and the United States as a whole. Ted Stevens has served Alaska for over four decades and I am disappointed to see his career end this way. I strongly believe in the jury system and the rule of law, and recognize that this is an extremely disappointing day for all Americans.”
A spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, declined to provide a comment. Coburn has had some notable dust-ups with Stevens over pork, including the Bridge to Nowhere, which Coburn sought to cancel.
State Sen. Andrew Rice, D-Oklahoma City, who is challenging Inhofe this year, said this about Stevens’ conviction:
“A U.S. Senator convicted of seven felonies should not be allowed to remain on committees that control and recommend the expenditure of taxpayer money. Actions have consequences, and I call on Jim Inhofe to put Oklahoma taxpayers before his political party and urge Stevens be removed from those committees.”
Stevens is the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He was the top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee but agreed to step down from that position after being indicted.