Looks Like A Special Election Is Coming For Blagojevich's Pay To Play Senate Seat

I guess Blag was just emulating a Bush style of entrepreneurship when he tried to sell off the Senate Seat. What a disgusting display of power. Wow....

Did Rahm Emanuel leak info about Blagojevich to the Feds?

Sen. Dick Durbin speaks:

Democratic Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin called for a special election to fill the vacancy left by former colleague, President-elect Barack Obama, following the indictment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich over charges he used pay-to-play tactics to appoint Obama’s successor.

Illinois state law provides for the governor to appoint a successor if a Senate vacancy occurs mid-term, but Durbin said today that the process has been tainted. “No appointment by this governor could produce a credible replacement,” he said in a statement.

To hold a special election the general assembly would have to enact a law setting up the terms of a special election. According to The Capitol Fax Blog, retiring Senate President Emil Jones—one of the candidates interested in Obama’s seat—said he would convene a special session to pass legislation to allow for a special election. A spokeswoman for Jones did not immediately return a request for comment.

I saw Jan Schakowsky on CNN before the Fitz Presser and she said she knew nothing about Blagos illegal activities and wants to see him impeached.

However, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., said the legislature should begin impeachment proceedings if Blagojevich does not resign promptly.

As does John Fritchey:

State Representative John Fritchey, one of the dozen or so serious contenders for Blagojevich's (and Rahm Emanuel's) old House seat, claims impeachment proceedings will begin immediately.

Harry Reid joins in:

“The charges against Governor Blagojevich are appalling and represent as serious a breach of the public trust as I have ever heard. It is clear that anyone Governor Blagojevich appoints to the Senate will fairly or unfairly be tainted by questions of impropriety. A different process to select a new Senator must be put in place – and that process should not involve Governor Blagojevich.”


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