To most, a federal indictment might not seem like a campaign rallying cause, but Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), arraigned last week on seven counts of false statements, might disagree.
At 9:30 AM AKDT today, Stevens held a rally at his campaign headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska. While his poll numbers have not flagged for the upcoming Alaska Republican primary, they have plummeted in general election polls. Stevens’ likely Democratic opponent Mark Begich leads the incumbent Stevens (sub. req.) 56% to 35% according to a July 30-31 study.
Despite the dismal statistics, things were upbeat at the rally today, with Stevens’ arriving behind a convoy of motorcyclists clad in leather, according to our sources. A local reporter, Dennis Zaki, was on hand to memorialize the event in pictures. More images (including bikers) coming shortly:
Sen. Stevens is surrounded by supporters in his first appearance in Anchorage since his indictment last week.
A sign posted along the highway in Wasilla, 50 miles outside of Anchorage.
More photos after the jump.
“By scheduling the trial for next month this court has made it possible for all Alaskans to know the facts of the case and make up their own mind. They will be the ultimate jury before they cast their votes in November,” Stevens said referring to his trial on September 24th.
Stevens shakes hands with Bob Penney, a well-known character in Alaskan politics.
“The primary is the goal right now. Help me win that primary and help me be the candidate for the Republican party. September will take care of itself,” Stevens said to the crowd of supporters.