Salty Senate Candidates Heating Up Alaska

GOP incumbent Ted Stevens has a rough-and-tumble challenge in Mark Begich
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2008 4:18 PM CDT
In this Oct. 16, 2007, file photo, Sen. Ted Stevens.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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(Newser) – A sweltering Senate contest looks likely to warm up Alaska come November, Katherine Rizzo writes in the Wall Street Journal, as “cantankerous bully” and 40-year incumbent Ted Stevens faces the mayor of Anchorage in what’s already a mudfest. Democrat Mark Begich has reminded voters of Stevens’ convict friends and of the federal search of the Republican's home—and Ted has pushed right back.

The 84-year-old incumbent has let Alaskans know that Begich, 46, has defaulted on loans, run into IRS trouble—and even (in 1993) evicted a low-income tenant on Christmas Eve. Make sure to monitor and for more sure-to-come dirt on “No Santa Claus” Mark and “Bridge to Nowhere” Stevens.