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."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. Obama is not involved

    Well, since in the wiretap transcripts the Governor repeatedly curses Obama's name for not playing ball with him, I'd say our new Pres comes out of this looking better than ever. As for this slimeball- he's done for. Good riddance.

    December 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. LIP

    Obama: " I had no contact with Blagojevich over that seat".
    Sounds kinda familiar. "I did not have sex with that woman."
    Look out for the fall out on this one. Will he be trying to cut a deal for leniency?

    December 9, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Joseph

    I am not sure I agree with a special election. The Governor should resign. If he does not he should be impeached. This will clear the way for the Lt Governor to make the choice for senator. The people in IL can then choose to ratify or change that choice at the next election in 2010.

    December 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Sherrol in Canada

    Are american laws really screwed up!! Quick, impeach him immediately, he's way to egotistical to resign.

    He'll go down as one of those other public/political figures that believed they did nothing wrong.

    December 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Larry Craig

    MAN.... I'm reading the comments and like WOW....

    so.. now Durbin is a bad guy because.. (now get this)... Durbin, a Democrat... petitioned Bush for a pardon of the preceding gov. RYAN.... A REPUBLICAN.... (as Ryan is a million years old, and his wife is about to die)...

    but the concensus of some paid haters on here is..... screw'em....

    December 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Len

    For all you right wing conservatives who blame everything on Obama. Reported in Newsweek: Governor Sarah Palin, billed the RNC $110,000 for hair and make-up. Can not wait for the lipstick charge!

    December 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    A special election would not be needed if the Governor resigns and allows the Lt. Governor to fill his office and make the appointment.

    December 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Matt, Chico, CA

    How about a special election to replace Durbin?

    December 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. rodlang

    Throw Durbin in jail with Blag....that entire state seems to be corrupt. Lincoln is rolling over in his grave at how they have disgraced his state.

    December 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Jim

    Is there anyone in Chicago politics that isn't shady?

    December 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Jim

    I believe the Democrats are afraid of Palin. Don't be concerned with her get your own house cleaned, if that is something that can be done.

    December 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. lonnette33

    Good forbid you say anything about Obama. CNN censors your comments. Yep CNN is in Obama's back pocket.

    December 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. With Blagojevich now arrested......

    Does Durbin still want to give amnesty to ex Gov. Ryan? This means the last two Governors of Illinois will have been sent to jail for corruption.
    I'm sure you know the "Fool me once....." adage.

    Amnesty to Ryan will send the wrong message to these politicians that ripping off the public is OK.

    December 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. geecee827

    Definitely a special election. Anyone aopointed will be tainted. Let the people choose.

    December 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Rick

    And if you believe that Obama didn't at least have knowledge of these corrupt activities, if not fully involved, then you're a fool. This is Chicago politics at it's finest and it's a team sport.

    Between this and Rezko coming up, Obama will be lucky to make it to inaugeration day without being indicted.

    December 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. janet, ohio

    Isn't there like a Vice-Governor or something? Someone has to be Governor if this guy is removed from office, right? That person should appoint a replacement for Obama. That's how it works, right?

    December 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Jackie in Dallas

    Even a blind monkey can find a banana occasionally. So even a corrupt and stupid politician can actually have a good idea. Just make sure that there is good judicial oversight about how the election is set up, and who the candidates are. The people of Illinois, I'm afraid, have had a rough ride of it with first a bad apple Republican and now a bad apple Democrat as Governor. Seems to me that your political machines need some serious overhauling!

    December 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Sherrol in Canada


    Sorry to say you're way off base, I'm in Obama's camp and can only get 1 in 5 comments appear on this blog.

    Maybe they have something against Canadians! We should start a revolution...........LOL

    December 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Toby in Illinois

    And who will pay for it?

    December 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Sherrol in Canada

    Sadly I can only say he's either a few dimes short of a dollar, or he's just an evil, egotistical fool.

    December 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. DeVone

    the peoples government a special election is fair and tthe only
    way for the people to be heard, its not about what Durbin wants
    some things we have no power over and the people Illinois
    will speak to God be the glory God is telling us something
    but some of you just will not listen

    December 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Marc in Virginia

    I was hoping there would be a special election to replace Obama as President. Oh well.

    December 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. abe

    Well I don't think Obama had any connection to our governer. I live in Springfield Illinois and the governer has always been public enemy number one. He is suppose to live here in gverner;s mansion but no, he has to be taking in money in Chicago. I really hope he is forced to step down and we can finally have someone who we can trust

    December 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Ed from Illinois

    NJVote08 December 9th, 2008 3:16 PM ET

    Why do people like you blame everything on Obama? Don't you know that God gave everyone a free will and that they are just exercising it. I don't condone what the Governor did, but YOU PEOPLE need to stop blaming the President Elect! He has been blamed for the economy, the war in Iraq, global warming… whatever is tossed about, it's his fault. Let us stop being a nation divided and work together to make life more enjoyable for everyone.


    Isn't that what people do to bush? the problem is that peoples idea of a nation united is one in which its..."let's unite under my party's ideals, and if you're not with us, then you're just tying to push forth a divided america!" please, hypocrisy much?

    December 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. PDX Gal

    A message from reality to the comic book world:

    Oh, yeah. Obama's whole reason for campaigning to be president was to leave behind a senate seat for a corrupted governor to use as an illegal barganing chip. Oooooh, the master plot!! And the Hawaii vital statistics and birth certificate department were in on it too!!

    Republican credibility is at an all time low. Isn't it time that ya'll take off the tin foil hats?

    December 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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