Former governor who started Ted Stevens’ Senate career: ‘His time is over.’

Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) was indicted on charges that he concealed over $250,000 in gifts and home renovations he received from oil company Veco. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have resisted calling on him to step down. Bloomberg reports, however, that former Alaska governor Walter Hickel is advising Stevens to step down. “He has served Alaska for 40 years, but his time is over,” said Hickel, who started Stevens’s Senate career by appointing him to a vacancy in 1968. (HT: The Crypt)