FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Election Day 2008 may be a distant memory for most of us, but in three states - Georgia, Alaska and Minnesota - Senate races remain undecided. Georgia has a runoff scheduled for December 2nd. Alaska and Minnesota are both near resolution.
The Alaska race is of particular interest because it involves a convicted felon, Senator Ted Stevens. Stevens, you may recall, was found guilty in October of seven counts of concealing more than $250,000 in personal gifts. He was the first sitting senator to go on trial in more than 20 years...And just the fifth in history to be convicted of a crime.
But the arrogant Mr. Stevens ran for re-election anyway, sending the message that a convicted felon's place is in the United States Senate. And in the days following November 4th, Stevens held a slight lead over his opponent, the Democratic mayor of Anchorage. He appears now to have lost that lead and is slightly behind. About 24,000 absentee ballots are expected to be counted today, but a few more may come in tomorrow.
Until that's all sorted out, Stevens remains a member of the Senate. Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is among those who want Stevens out. But some of his buddies in the Senate want to see whether he actually wins another term before voting on whether or not to expel him. They don't want to be on the record voting to expel a criminal unless they are forced to.
Isn't that nice?
Here’s my question to you: If Ted Stevens of Alaska is re-elected in spite of seven felony convictions, should the Senate expel him?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Debbie from San Marcos, California writes:
Of course they should expel him! Are our expectations for our public servants really that low? If they are, maybe we deserve what we get.
If Alaska wants to be represented by a corrupt convicted felon who are we to argue with that? It's not like the people of Alaska weren't informed that Stevens was convicted on multiple counts of corruption. Personally, I would be extremely embarrassed to be represented by someone like Stevens but then I'm not an Alaskan. Maybe they have different standards than I do.
Let me get this straight, if you’re convicted of a felony you can't vote, but you could get elected to the Senate? Something is very wrong with our system.
In our company, if you are convicted of a felony, you are terminated. No severance, no benefits, no pension. Now, what was your question about convicted felon Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska?
Rob from New York City writes:
He's a felon. How could he even run for office? And what kind of an idiot would even vote for a felon? Is there something in the drinking water in Alaska? That explains why they think Palin is so wonderful. It’s the water supply.
John from Ottawa, Kansas writes:
Expulsion shouldn't be his only punishment. Why not require him to be a lead dog for an Iditarod team?
Shirley from Ohio writes:
They should expel him, but he will not win. God is not going to leave any of the doors open for Palin to plow through.