Senator Dickie Durbin (D-IL) has requested a special election to fill Senator Obama’s Senate seat:
Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois says the state’s legislature should order a special election to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat rather than allow Gov. Rod Blagojevich [Democrat] to pick a new senator.
“No appointment by this governor, under these circumstances, could produce a credible replacement.”__AP
Last week, it was a foregone conclusion that Obama’s Senate seat would be filled by a Democrat. But the bidding was allegedly stopped at $10 million. The last reported bid was $500,000:
According to the affidavit, Blagojevich told an adviser last week that he might get some money “upfront, maybe” from one of the candidates hoping to replace Obama. That person was identified only as “Candidate 5.” In an earlier recorded conversation, prosecutors say, Blagojevich said he had been approached by an associate of Candidate 5 with an offer of $500,000 in exchange for the Senate seat. __ International Herald Tribune
RedState has been ignoring the situation, but it might be time to put forth a Republican candidate or two. Without a Presidential vote, Illinois is pretty much 50:50 … Chicago is Democrat, Downstate is Republican.
Not that we haven’t had any indicted Republicans in the State: Governor Ryan went down in flames.
If an honest Republican can be found (c’mon, guys … it’s Illinois), a Centrist might be able to win. I know that that is anethema to many on this board, but one has to ask oneself: “Do I want an idealist, or a vote?”