Stevens is campaigning for the first time in Alaska since he was indicted last week on seven counts of failure to properly disclose $250,000 in gifts and home renovations. Stevens, beloved by many Alaskans as "Uncle Ted" because of all the money he brings home to Alaska, carefully orchestrated his first campaign event, according to this dispatch from the alternative news weekly the Anchorage Press.
From the scene in Anchorage, reporter Brendan Joel Kelley writes:
“Last Tuesday was one of the most difficult days of my life,” Stevens said, referring to the day that he was indicted. But, he said, “my spirits are high, I hope yours are too.”
“I am innocent,” Stevens proclaimed.
Be sure to check out the tender picture of Uncle Ted being embraced by the Harley dude with the handlebar mustache.