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 Stevensí 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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.