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. FreeNLovIt

    A good Republican? All are sleaze balls. All a Republican is going to do is borrow and borrow and borrow to spend money we dont have...

    December 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Angel

    I agree

    December 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. David

    As a citizen of Illinois, you get used to basic, general corruption and city dealing because there is no way to stop it. Dealing for a federal office is a completely different matter. Did G-Rod learn nothing from our old Governor?

    December 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Bail Me Out!

    Obama can pay for the special election with the $750M he raised to buy the presidency.

    December 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Doug R.

    The dysfunctional and illegitimate Republican party of Illinois doesn't even have a viable candidate they can put foward.
    Blago can share a prison cell with the former Republican governor of Illinois, George Ryan.

    December 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. JD

    Shocked! A corrupt Illinois politician? No way. Perhaps, investigators should look further into one Mr. Rezko and a sweet land deal with one Mr. Obama. Now, there's change we can be deceived in.

    December 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. ranjit

    Before we have elections, we need to know the full background of this investigation. Other names need to be released. As Obama is based in Chicago and lot of these local politicians are interlinked with each other, the full truth of the issue should be out.

    December 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Meh

    Stop dragging Obama into this.

    And yes, they should have a special election.

    December 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    Please, like he's the only one. Let's throw Palin in jail first for firing that guy first before we throw out Blago.

    December 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Brian

    Durbin is a great Senator...

    Obama was a great Senator...

    Blagojevich is a scumbag...

    December 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. MO

    Mark, B'ham., Al said hopefully a "good republican" will be elected. Well, Mark, seeing as you're all the way down in Alabama, maybe you didn't know that Blagojevich replaced a Republican who was just as crooked. So, it seems, the problem isn't that simple (as good old republicans always want it to be). I'm not defending the Governor, but let's not act like a republican is the answer.

    December 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Keisha

    Let the people of Illinois vote!

    December 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Carol

    Alas! So many Republicans without corruption amongst them! Not. Let us not forget Randy Duke Cunningham–the King of Slime.

    December 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. I appreciate Idiots

    Jason said, "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?"

    Ahhhh, I was waiting for the slippery-slope idiot to chime in! Thanks, you made my day!

    December 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    IL NEEDS term-limits at all level of the government to remind politicians of their duties. This is the first step toward achieving harmony.

    December 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    I agree with Durbin.

    December 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. vw

    This is the typical chicago politics.
    The dirtiest politics, corrupted governor, corrupted detriot mayor.
    This is the audacity of HOPE.

    Is this the change american people want/vote for?

    December 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Nice Girl

    Please elect Jesse Jackson Jr.

    December 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Carol

    Republicans are desperate to get Republican senators in office now. Go cry a river somewhere else.

    December 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    A special election makes sense under the curcumstances that exits. It would be the only way to have a person serve who would not be under a cloud of suspecion. I just does not make any sense for the Ill Governor to have done this – if he did – it is a sad day for our political system.

    December 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Deb

    I hope Mark's comment was made with tongue-in-cheek , considering that the preceding Republican governor is also sitting in prison, convicted of bribery schemes. These two characters have done a lot of damage to Illinois' political image. Wait till we see what Obama does to it!

    December 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Martin

    Nothing has changed in Chicago and Lake County politics since the days of John Daily. It has always been corrupt and ill considerate of even WWII disabled veterans. Ask my Father-in-Law; oh he died.

    Yes an election is what we need. Another $650 million can be raised and the seat can be bought regardless of the action taken.

    December 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Bill

    a good republican, what's that???? seriously.

    December 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Art in Chicago

    To Jason, Rules, et al.

    Grow up. This is a sitting second term governor. You don't even know your kids are looking at porn on your home computer. Why is it the president elect is responsible for everyone he knows or has met?

    This is a sad day here in Chicago. Fitzgerald is a straight shooter and I know he will do his thing with the utmost integrity.

    A special election is the only way to bring a level of integrity to the process.

    December 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Brian Hubbell II

    So it seems all those around Obama from Illinois are corrupt...yet we're to simply believe he isn't? Where are the records of the millions of cash donations under 200$ that Obama refuses to release? The fact that his website didn't do a basic factcheck on credit card donations to make sure the names/addresses were real? A huge sum of his donations were from fraudulent sources, and he knows this, he expected it, was probably guaranteed it, and that is why he opted out of public financing.

    December 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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