UPDATE: Click here to listen to Ben Stevens on the Dan Fagan show. (Note that it's a long clip and could take awhile to load.)
Audio courtesy of KFQD.
From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --
Ben Stevens just called in to Dan Fagan’s show on KFQD. It’s been impossible to talk to Stevens about the ongoing corruption trials and investigations -- he hasn't talked about it since the initial raids of legislative offices last August -- so hearing him talk even peripherally about this stuff is like glimpsing a unicorn or Bigfoot.
Anyway, here’s a few quick quotes from the conversation between Fagan and Stevens - who said Fagan made an inappropriate comment about his family earlier on the show.
Stevens: “Look, he (Bill Allen) might have done something wrong. Obviously he admits he did. But I maintain my innocence, big man… “
Stevens said he's being investigated by the Department of Justice, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the IRS.
Fagan: “Do you anticipate being indicted?”
Stevens: “Me? I don’t anticipate anything like that, big man. I just live day to day … I didn’t do anything wrong and if I ever get the chance to prove it, I will.”
Stevens: “This is a feeding frenzy that’s taking place right now. It’s a blood bath."
Fagan asked if Stevens is worried about his father, Sen. Ted Stevens’, future.
Ben Stevens said: “My father’s been in politics for 57 years. He’s been investigated numerous times. This is a feeding frenzy…”
He said in the current environment, people assume that anyone who is accused of anything is automatically considered guilty.
Fagan asked if Stevens is worried about his own future.
Stevens said: “I’m fine with my future. I’ve got family. I’m working. … I’ll survive this Dan.”
Stevens said he speaks to his father all the time and got an e-mail from him this morning.
When Fagan talked about the father and son being targets, Stevens said:
“He (Sen. Ted Stevens) is a big, big fish, big man. I’m just a little guppy.”
Finally, Stevens made a joke, asking what would have happened if jurors in the Kott trial would have deliberated as much as in the Carl the cat case.