The number of fellow Republicans that Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens can count on as friends appears to be diminishing.
Former Congressman Dick Zimmer, the GOP nominee challenging Senator Frank Lautenberg in New Jersey, is among the latest calling for Stevens to resign after his conviction on federal corruption charges.
“A culture of corruption has plagued our government for far too long,” Zimmer said in a statement. “Too many people in power have manipulated the political process to criminally enrich themselves.” “The worst thing that can happen is for honest elected officials to sit idly by and say nothing. Today, I am calling on Senator Stevens to resign, and I ask that Senator Lautenberg join me in this demand. Perhaps Senator Stevens will heed the advice of someone who has served with him so long on the Senate Appropriations Committee.”
Zimmer, who trails in polls, has campaigned on restoring ethical and fiscal integrity to government. The New Jersey Senate election features two Jewish candidates.