NPR's Martin Kaste — currently in Alaska covering the Sen. Ted Stevens imbroglio — reports that one of Stevens' opponents in the seven-way August 26th Republican primary didn't waste any time exploiting the incumbent's indictment on corruption charges.
Long-shot Vic Vickers moved to Alaska earlier this year from Florida, where he was a registered Democrat. In a new ad, he stands in front of Stevens' Girdwood, AK home (which allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in in free renovations in return for political favors), calling for an end to political corruption. Click on the thumbnail to watch the ad.
Stevens, the longest-serving Republican Senator in history, maintains his innocence and is still favored in the primary (though the general election matchup against popular Anchorage mayor Mark Begich is another story).
He will be arraigned at 1pm today.