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

Durbin wants special election to replace Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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  1. Eloise from Lufkin TX

    Fitzerald is a tough cookie and will not leave any stone unturned. He is not married and Irish and has plenty of time so he will do a great job. If I was Obama I wouldn't be sleeping at night. I was puzzled and disturbed to hear Obama say he had had no contact with the governor from Illinois and then to hear David Axlerod say that the president elect had actually met with the governor on the 23rd of November. At least, get your facts straight in the Obama camp. That is where people mess up...start slipping...

    December 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Alberto

    Before this gets any more partisan, the last IL governor indicted was a downstate Republican, not a Chicago Democrat.

    The last GOOD IL governor was a moderate who spent time with the people, no matter who they were, where they were from, and who they voted for. Unfortunately the good man had heart problems, and had to step away.

    And for those bashing Illinois politics, well while we're apparently no better than everyone else, we're certainly no worse. Alabama,
    Alaska, New Jersey, Ohio, Nebraska, even Idaho have had their share of politicians run amok, including governors. Across both parties.

    Sit back and whine and complain if you want; that won't change a thing. Get out and vote. And if you don't like the people you have to vote for, run. If it matters enough, get out there and make a difference. And if it doesn't, then why waste your breath and everyone's time?

    December 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. BM

    Everyone is making money on Obama. Why is Obama responsible for this action of the governor? If this man has been investigated for years, I would think that they would be happy to involve Obama. Because someome has ties with someone, doesn't necessarily know that they are corrupt.

    December 10, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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