Durbin recommends special election to fill Senate seat

By The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin says the Illinois Legislature should order a special election to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat rather than allow Gov. Rod Blagojevich to pick a new senator.

Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday in connection with allegations he sought favors to influence his choice for Obama’s replacement.


Durbin told reporters in Washington that “No appointment by this governor, under these circumstances, could produce a credible replacement.”

He urged the Illinois Legislature to quickly set up a special election.

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