Stevens Happy Expulsion Vote on Ice
Embattled Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that he was happy Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) decided to postpone a vote to expel him from the Republican Conference. DeMint had originally hoped to have a vote on Stevens expulsion as punishment for the Alaska lawmakers recent seven-count felony conviction, but DeMint announced Tuesday morning that he would put off the vote until after Stevens re-election race is decided. Vote-counting in the race that pitted Stevens against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) is expected to be completed Tuesday evening. Begich leads by 1,022 votes. Emerging from a closed-door GOP Conference meeting, Stevens said he had not yet had the opportunity to defend himself because DeMint had pulled the motion. I havent had a chance, Stevens told reporters. Despite a reputation as a fighter, Stevens, who was celebrating his 85th birthday Tuesday, was visibly worn down. I havent had a good nights sleep in four months. Ive been living three lives, so its hard to answer your questions, he said. I wouldnt wish what Ive been going through on anyone. When asked if he would seek or accept a presidential pardon, Stevens rejected the idea. No, no, no, no.