(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."
Not much mention of the political affiliation of the Gov. of Illinois, I notice. I do see one poster remarked about the party of someone not part of this story...
I agree that the people of Illinois should vote for Obama's replacement.
Hi "Jason at 2:06". Think about actually researching things before making blanket statements such as yours. You see, Blagojevich's predesessor was a Republican and those same parties and the Democrats paid for his trial and everything else that went along with it. And no doofus, the govenor is not part of Obama's circle of anything. You are now in a slim minority that clings to these sort of insane rantings.
The Audacity of Hoax
Good idea, BUT, in these economic times, how much will another election cost taxpayers, how much money will be thrown by donors to finance an election (money that can go to struggling non-profits.
Here are some novel concepts–let the state legislature vote for someone to fill this two-year interim seat, or have the lieutenant governor make the appointment, or let the Senator vacating the seat appoint his successor.
You know guys, I noticed Jeff talked about that we had 3 Gov over the last 30 years or so who were in fact corrupted and convicted but except this one, well so far. Now all we need is an Independent Gov who can continue the tradition.
First it was the GOP WAY back in the day, the Dems are having thier time and according to my calculations, we should have an Independent Gov anytime soon, LOL!
Is like history repeating itself...
Jason – Calm down. It's going to be ok. Everything isn't Obama's fault.
An election is a splendid idea. These political clowns make too much money to continue this greed. That's what it all boils down to greed and power. Hope Gov. Greed gets what he deserves.
The are no honest politicians in Illinois
I lived in IL for 6 years. First Ryan, now Blagojevich. The state seems to be carrying on the traditions of Al Capone.
One cannot trust the Illinois Govenors Office now, so they need a special election and maybe history will repeat itself and a good republican will be elected. The democrats in Illinois are just like the democrats in their favorite Windy City. Not Trust Worthy!
Maybe Obama would suggest the seat going to one of the above guys. They are all "friends" of Obama.
I agree it is better than Rod appointing someone, but a special election created and run by the same machine we have had to tolerate for years? What kind of choice is that? Let me guess: a Madigan gets elected and we are (again) expected to ignore the man behind the curtain.
"Durbin also defended his state, saying the vast majority of politicians in Illinois are honest."
Isn't there something wrong with this statement? I'd like to know more about the minority of politicians in illinois who are dishonest.
And you, Senator Durbin, pressing for a legally convicted felon – former Illinois Gov. George Ryan – to be released after serving 1 year in prison for corruption which led directly to the deaths of 9 people, 6 of whom were small children who burned to death.
So tell me about the CURRENT scandal.
Honest politicans in Illinois? That's an oxymoron if I ever heard one. We need Fitgerald to be the US Attoorney here in Southern Illinois to clean out the "rats nest" they call St Clair County polotics next.
As a citizen of Illinois, I will gladly have my tax dollars go towards another election. It's the right thing to do. It's our Senator, so why shouldn't we have a say?
Plus, I kind of miss the political season and this would just make it more interesting.
"Why should the republicans, independents, green party etc…have to pay for a special election as a result of the liberal obama circle of corruption that brough down this mess?"
I see you're privy to information that the US attorney doesn't have, namely that Obama brought this all down. You must be a legal genius! And I also see that the mandatory "liberal" is in your post; a requirement that all knee-jerk conservatives must meet when posting here.
While a special election is seems logical, I don't believe that it is Constitutional. The IL Constitution says that if the Gov can't fulfill his duties due to resignation, conviction on impeachment, etc., then the Lt. Gov must do it. And it will save us tax dollars
Very pragmatic move, the only trouble is that with the holidays, it will be difficult to accomplish. However, there is little choice in the matter.
Yes, Jason, the "liberal Obama circle" is responsible for this. Give me a break. You'll take anything you can get, won't you? Some politicians are charged with corruption–unfortunately, it seems to be a lasting event in American politics–but that doesn't mean an entire group is responsible. Don't ever blame Obama, or liberals as a whole, for one crooked man's deeds.
Uhm...Mark from Bham,
Crooked politicians come from all political affiliations. And from my understanding the prior Governor of Illinois was a republican...and he's currently in Federal prison. Please...correct me if I am in error.
Senator Durbin – where is the money going to come from to hold this special election? The State of Illinois is already broke. We can't fund our schools properly, we can't fund any state run programs, we're closing state parks. Haven't the taxpayers in Illinois suffered enough?
Oh, STOP flapping your gums Sen. Durbin.
You are not part of the "solution" you're becoming part of the PROBLEM.
The Governor will GET HIS DUE for his despicable and criminal action!!
Another power-hungry Governor causing problems for the people of this country. Shame !!
A Special Election please.