"For forty years, Ted Stevens has served his country in the United States Senate and is a decorated veteran of World War II," DeMint said in a statement. "Tragically, he has fallen victim to the culture of corruption in Washington. These convictions were not mere paperwork violations. Senator Stevens has been convicted of willfully concealing material facts from the Senate Ethics Committee."
"Senator Stevens' conviction reaffirms that no man is above the law. Service in the Senate demands the highest ethical standards. Unfortunately, his conviction proved that he has failed to meet those standards and he should resign immediately.
"Republicans must set a new course to clean up, reform and rebuild our party from within so that we can fight for freedom and liberty with the full confidence of the American people."