A breath of “fresh” Alaskan air

by lestro

It appears that Sarah Palin isn’t the only double-talker in the Alaskan delegation.  Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who is currently defending his ethics in court, has had some practice himself, as this exchange from his trial so beautifully explains:

But Ms. Morris did highlight two other issues aimed at damaging Mr. Stevens’s credibility. She challenged Mr. Stevens about his possession for seven years of an expensive massage chair bought for him in 2001 by another friend, Bob Persons.

Mr. Stevens did not list the chair on his disclosure forms as a gift, he said, because it was a loan.

“That chair, it’s still at your house?” Ms. Morris asked.

“Yes,” Mr. Stevens replied. “How is that not a gift?” she then asked.

Mr. Stevens said Mr. Persons “bought the chair as a gift but I refused it as a gift.” He said he agreed to have the chair stored in his home for Mr. Persons.

“So, if you say it’s not a gift, it’s not a gift?” the prosecutor asked. She then confronted Mr. Stevens with a note he wrote to Mr. Persons thanking him for the chair, saying how much he loved using the chair and even sometimes fell asleep in it.

Wow, that’s ballsy.

Especially for a guy facing seven felony counts of ethics violations.

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