December 9th, 2008
01:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Durbin wants special election to replace Obama

Durbin is calling for a new election to replace Obama.
Durbin is calling for a new election to replace Obama.

(CNN) - Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday he wants a special election called to fill President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat.

At a press conference with reporters on Capitol Hill, Durbin said he wants the Illinois legislature to act quickly to pass a law setting a special election in light of news Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been charged with seeking financial gain over the appointment.

Currently Blagojevich has the sole authority to select Obama's successor, and is still able to do so unless he resigns or is impeached from office.

"No appointment by this governor under these circumstances could produce a credible replacement," Durbin said.

In the press conference with reporters, Durbin also defended his state, saying the vast majority of politicians in Illinois are honest.

"I believe that the overwhelming majority of politicians in Illinois and outside are honest, hard-working people in both political parties," he said. "There will always be exceptions in both political parties who – when given the opportunity to use power – misuse it."


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soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. John Kelly

    I think that is a right call at the right time. The corrupt bigots should have no authority whatsoever to select a substitute for Obama.

    December 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Market watcher

    And all of this from the state that borught us our next chief executive.
    So much for 'change'.

    December 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Michael, Houston Texas

    I agree 100%, the people should choose

    December 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. AMG

    I'm from Illinois and I like this idea. As NBC's Chris Todd said, no Illinois politician wants the Senate seat under the current conditions. They'd forever be tainted. Let the people decide.

    December 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Ecor

    A personal rare event for me; I agree with Senator Durbin on this one.

    December 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Noah

    I have to admit I was slightly optimistic when I read this headline that Durbin meant replace Obama as President. (only half-joking)

    December 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. J.P.

    Ah yes, there's more of that wonderful "change we can believe in" I keep hearing about.... and to think all of this wonderful "change" is being peddled by sleazy Chicago politicians. Niiiiice...

    This is the just the beginning folks... the Obama administration will have all the integrity of Clinton and all the competency of Carter. Expect a BIG conservative win in 2010.

    December 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. James

    While it will be an expensive endeavor for a two year term, an election would avoid any further hints of corruption.

    December 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. pat the lawyer from long island

    Oprah should run for the seat.

    December 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. cbk16

    New York, New Jersey, Illinois, will the last ethical Democrat Gov. please turn out the lights.

    December 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Sen. Durbin– this would be a good move. Let's see how it goes.

    December 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. R

    NO WAY! IL Governor Arrested should nominate the next senator. The seating governor should resign

    December 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Ravi in WV

    Durbin is just as crooked... any idea coming out of his mouth better be examined carefully before being discarded.

    December 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. IL Resident

    As an Illinois resident I wholeheartedly agree with this recommendation. The decision needs to rest back with the people.

    December 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Omar

    Way to go Dick Durbin, i wouldn't want that sit i was appointed by that Governor

    December 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. jomo

    I agree with Senator Durbin. I live in Chicago and I'm so sick of the corruption rampant in my city and state. If Gov.Blago picks the replacement for the senate, then that person may be tainted unfairly because of it. An election is the only way to make the process fair.

    December 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Christopher

    I dont think that ANYONE will disagree with the special Election especially in light of what this scumbag was attempting to do. I have seen people try to cash in on the success of President Elect Obama..but wow!

    December 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Chris

    Why not allow Obama to make the appointment?

    Seems fair, especailly if a Governer/Senator are from different parties.

    December 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    I'm amazed at myself that I actually agree with Sen.Durbin! Excellent idea. I would carry it one step further, though..... no Chicago Machine politicians need apply.

    December 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. susie

    Let the media do the picking, they are getting good at it.

    December 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. ian minneapolis, mn

    It's like seriously? Should this honestly be a problem? How is it that these people get into office? Money corrupts.

    December 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Money

    Even an election can be bought with money. Obama bought the White House for $668 million, most of which come from questionable sources. Power corrupts, so what is new, it is only the beginning? Bush has the last laugh, as no one is perfect, and Obama is no angel either.

    December 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. MIKE

    How about a new Federal Law which states that if any politician runs for President he/she has to automatically give up whatever position they hold.
    None of the Republicans or Democrats who ran in the primaries served their state these past two years – not Obama, not Hillary, not McCain, not Richardson. And once nominated the nominees for President and Vice President should have to give up whatever position they hold.

    December 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Jared

    Illinois must have a special election. There is no way anyone can be appointed to fill Obama's vacant senate seat and not have the appearance of corruption.

    December 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. DE

    Illinois having problems with their political system? Isn't that the state where Barrack Obama got his start in politics by having his opponants names removed from the ballots because of a "legal technicality" thus making him the only name on the ballot to vote for? Shucks, even Fidel Castro could win an election like that.

    December 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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