Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was finally indicted yesterday after a lengthy investigation. The man has been bought and controlled by Veco Energy, one of his state’s biggest companies, for years. His home was renovated and expanded at considerable expense by his benefactors at Veco and the corruption was so obvious and venal as to shock the consciousness. Can anyone be so bold as to be so publicly corrupt yet still proclaim his innocence?
Perhaps Stevens is echoing the definition of a “bought” politician from one of Pennsylvania’s own, Simon Cameron, one of the most corrupt in our history who said: “An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.”
Stevens stayed bought so he thinks he’s honest.