Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today called for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) to step down after yesterday’s conviction on seven felony counts:
Yesterday, Senator Ted Stevens was found guilty of corruption. It is a sign of the health of our democracy that the people continue to hold their representatives to account for improper or illegal conduct, but this verdict is also a sign of the corruption and insider-dealing that has become so pervasive in our nation’s capital.
It is clear that Senator Stevens has broken his trust with the people and that he should now step down. I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will be spurred by these events to redouble their efforts to end this kind of corruption once and for all.
Until now, McCain has largely refused to condemn the Senate’s longest-serving Republican. In July, Stevens appeared at a campaign event with McCain, who did not mention Stevens’s legal troubles. The McCain campaign even put out a statement saying that Stevens was “entitled to the presumption of innocence.”