December 10th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Lawmakers moving to strip Blagojevich of Senate choice

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Illinois lawmakers are set to convene over stripping Blagojevich the privilege of appointing the next senator ."](CNN) - Illinois lawmakers were quickly moving to take the decision of who will replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate out of the hands of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The 17th Amendment to the Constitution allows governors to fill vacant Senate seats, but politicians from both sides of the aisle have said it would be unacceptable for Blagojevich to choose Obama's successor.

"No appointment by this governor under these circumstances could produce a credible replacement," said Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois' sole senator at the moment. Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on federal conspiracy charges.

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  1. Frank

    Oh come on Mr. Durbin. Blago deserves a pardon just as much as any other Illinois Governor.

    December 10, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Scott

    I don't know about impeach... I'd imbanana him or even imcucumber him until he was raw. The unbelievable arrogance and denial of a man who, in the face of being completely exposed, still claims innocence.

    December 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Frank

    Patty, hmmmmm, the Illinois legislature is controlled by democrats. Hmmmmm.

    December 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. obama-mama

    I can't believe his wife was also in on the meetings. I wonder if she will be seen as his accomplice. What will become of their children. This entire thing is despicable but no coincidence.

    December 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Frank


    The word is that Jessie Jr. offered Blago $1 million for the seat. Yes' he'd be wonderful of the state and country, he would fit right in with the other crooks.

    December 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. frank, nc

    Impeach him and send him to jail.

    December 10, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Frank

    Milhouse van Houten

    I think Durbin meant to say "No one in Illinois politics could produce a credible replacement."

    December 10, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. mary, colorado springs, co

    I'm from Illinois and it has been a breeding ground for crime as long as I can remember and I'm 81. Years ago when gambling, etc, was rampant, the father of a girl I worked with was involved in gambling and crossed somebody because he was found in a slough of the Mississippi wearing a pair of cement shoes. It's time it has been cleaned up and starting from the top and working down sounds like a good place to start with the first being EX-GOVERNOR Glabojevich. I can't imagine anyone being so blatant about his intentions reference the vacancy left by Obama's departure.

    This is a good opportunity to clean up at least some of the crime in Illoinis, and I hope someone takes up the broom to start.

    December 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Jerry Illinois

    I live in Illinois and things will never change until we have
    term limits. The speaker of the Illinois House , Madigan
    can't wait till he can get his daughter ,now the Attorney General,
    to be made the next governer. As in Illinois, just keep it in the family.

    December 10, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. DIZIZI31

    Where is the Lt. Gov on all of this? Or is he somehow involved also? The state of IL should

    December 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. DIZIZI31

    Where is the Lt. Gov on all of this? Or is he somehow involved also? The state of IL should let him go yesterday.

    December 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Downstate

    Jessie Jackson Jr is candidate #5 in this whole mess. He is part of it. Drop him from the list. Have an election after all the guilty parties are named so we don't end up electing one of them.

    December 10, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. roy

    There should be a special election since this election is now more tainted now than even Minnesota's senate race!
    But......perhaps the political lynch mobs should wait until the guiltyness is proven beyond a doubt by the normal judicial process before they bring out the gallows.
    We need to let democracy work, remember?? Oh, I forgot, some of you still don't believe the presidential election is over!

    December 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Laverne

    Blagojevich does not deserve the right to choose the senator. He made his choice very clear when he did not make a choice and chose to try to sell the seat. Well there goes Jesse Jackson Jr.'s dream of making it to the senate. Sorry Jesse, with friends like Blagojevich who needs them!

    December 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. NY republican

    A special election is a great idea, not just for this vacant seat but ALL vacant seats in ALL states. There is only one thing, it is unconstitutional as stated in the article the 17th amendment gives the state Governors this privilege. Anything short of amending the constitution by repealing the 17th will not hold up in courts. The Illinois legislature will probably have an easier time getting removing the Governor to stand up in court, than holding a special election.

    December 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Mark

    Still not over the election, eh?

    Obama was the one who did not submit to blago's extortion. Maybe the future news will be Obama was the one who blew the whistle on blago and not what you hope.

    I guess the last 8 years of bush have left repubs unable to be optimistic or positive about anything.

    December 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Prof. Ed

    Beside the shot of the Old State House, the 17th Amendment (to the US Constitution by the way – not mentioned) says the State Legislature MAY empower the executive to temporarily appoint.

    The Death of Old Media – the reasons are so obvious.

    December 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. truth hurts

    he should be impeached, so should alaskas governor.

    December 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    Thug politics – it's all about the power, not the principles. This is Obama's training ground.

    December 10, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    The need to get rid of him now and get him in jail. This really should not suprise too many since we all know that ILL is the most crooked state in the union.

    December 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Precious Coker, NY

    I wish they can "wash" his filthy mouth too!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Mesa Mick

    Blago needs to resign immediately – BEFORE he's put on trial.

    We don't need a repeat of the Sen. Stevens circus to distract us while we work out a game plan for getting out of the economic crisis.

    PS: Be advised Blago's po'd at BO so he's gonna try and slime him. Can't wait to see the village idiots (AKA repuglicons) go nuts when Blago does – it'll be good for some laughs to watch them get all moralistic and holier-than-thou...

    December 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Janet

    Rod never took up residence in the tax-supported Governor's Mansion in Springfield. Instead he flew back and forth (infrequently and at taxpayer cost) to his home in Chicago and usually conducted state business from there and his Chicago office. His reason/excuse for not living in Springfield was that he wanted to spend more time with his family, and did not want to move them there.

    So it's probably a good thing that he did spend more time with his family then...because now, and hopefully in the near future, his family time will be limited to "visiting hours" at a federal lock-up.

    December 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. S Callahan

    I live in NYS where we also are facing a replacement for Sen. Clinton...and I find it totally unfair that we, the VOTERS, don't have a say in the replacement.......I think ALL states she make sure it's the citizens (voters) making the choice......

    December 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Confused

    I would love to see this guy impeached. But all they have right now according to the complaint is a guy boasting. Boasting isn't illegal or even impeachable. When cannot even infer intent from the bragging he did. he could be lying. I think it was great that the prosecutor brought the information to light, but let's keep in mind that he hasn't even gotten an indictment.

    I hope there is tangilble evidence to support the charges, because the bragging won't stand up in court. This governor is dirty. Let's hope that all the parties that are mentioned (the numbered candidates) cooperate fully.

    December 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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