But his political future remains cloudy. Facing re-election in 2008, the Senator has seen his home-state approval ratings nose dive in recent weeks. An early July poll found 44 percent of Alaskans hold an unfavorable view of Stevens. That survey, which had a 3.6 point margin of error, was taken before federal agents raided Stevens’ home on July 30.
National and state Democrats are trying to recruit Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) to challenge Stevens, and Begich has said he is mulling a run.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.