Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Harry Reid: Senate Won't Seat Blagoyevich Senate Appointee
The Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet tells FOX News tonight that Sen. Harry Reid has sent out word the Senate will not seat anyone Gov. Rod Blagoyevich appoints to fill Obama's Senate seat. Democratic leaders in the Illinois General Assembly plan to introduce legislation next week to strip Blagoyevich of his statutory authority to make the appointment and, instead, establish a special election to fill the vacancy. That may be a quick fix to the problem, but it could prove problematic for the Democratic Party. If the Republicans don't step on this opportunity, it could provide an opening for a reform-minded, outsider candidate to win a special election. Wouldn't that be a major blow to the President-Elect?