Palin echoes Alaska GOP: Sen. Begich should step down to allow new election.

Today, the Alaska Republican Party called for Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) to step down and allow for a new election, in the wake of Attorney General Holder voiding former senator Ted Stevens’s guilty verdict, due to prosecutorial misconduct. This afternoon, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) echoed those calls and pressed for a new election:

“A special election will allow Alaskans to have a real, non-biased, credible process where the most qualified person could win, without the manipulation of the Department of Justice,” the release stated.

“I absolutely agree,” Palin responded in an e-mail to the News-Miner. She said Begich should step down pending a special election.

Though Palin is now enthusiastically jumping back on the Stevens bandwagon, she was more wary when he was first convicted, backing away from an earlier call that he resign and refusing to say whether she would vote for his re-election.