Commentary: Begich for U.S. Senate

This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News.

Alaskans face this choice for the U.S. Senate Tuesday:

We can re-elect Sen. Ted Stevens, a six-term incumbent and champion of Alaska who stands convicted of seven felony counts for not disclosing hundreds of thousands of dollars in secret gifts from a corrupt businessman.

Or we can elect Mark Begich, a former assemblyman and two-term Anchorage mayor who has brought together people of all walks of life and political persuasions to build a strong community with a healthy economy.

We recognize that Sen. Stevens has done much to benefit our state, but, like many Alaskans, we are troubled by the arrogance, poor judgment and lack of personal integrity revealed during his trial. Since the verdict, the condemnation of his conduct has been bipartisan. Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gov. Sarah Palin and Senate colleagues of both parties have called upon Sen. Stevens to resign his office.

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