12/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Stevens Fights Expulsion, Begs Colleagues "To Give Him A Chance"

Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), facing possible expulsion from the Republican Conference next week, is contacting his Republican colleagues and urging them "to give him a chance" and hold off on any such vote until his legal appeal is resolved.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has publicly declared that he will offer a motion next Tuesday to kick Stevens out of the Republican Conference, thus stripping him off his committee assignments.

But Stevens has been calling his GOP leaders and other colleagues urging them to hold off, according to GOP sources. In private conversations, Stevens is assuring his fellow Republicans that he will step down if he loses his appeal, but in the meantime, he wants them to hold off on kicking him out of the Republican Conference.

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