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Rod Blagojevich embarrassed Illinois he tried to sell our senate -- And now Blagojevich is lieutenant governor Pat Quinn wants to hand pick our senator I'm going back on his word and the people of Illinois deserve better than another political power program.
You deserve to be heard you deserve a special election.
Leaders major newspapers and watchdog groups agree it's time for a special election give -- people see her back to Illinois.
Call your legislators tell them we want a special election.
Well that was a new -- by the Illinois GOP calling for as you heard a special election to choose president elect Obama's successor in the US senate.
The governor -- that Blagojevich is facing federal corruption charges as you know.
If you more to resign.
Be impeached which is a possibility here then lieutenant governor of the state would get to pick mr.
Obama's senate replacement.
But some Republicans say.
Obviously based on that bad that's not the way to go they say the only way to restore the public confidence.
In this appointment is to hold a special election and let the people decide.
National review -- Byron York joins us now that the latest hi Byron.
I'm Megan -- -- -- things could happen here before we get to how they're gonna fill this seat.
That we heard reports over the over the weekend saying the governor may resign on Monday -- they came out today said.
No he's not resigning -- Monday in fact Byron in fact according to reports -- to get this straight.
He's that he is intending to be in -- Chicago office this morning to sign a bill to give tax credits to filmmakers who come to Illinois.
The -- doing business as usual.
I think well I think he's very specifically trying to do business as usual because you know that the attorney general in Illinois Lisa Madigan.
Has has launched this request to the State Supreme Court to say that he's unable that he's disabled from doing his job as if he had had a a stroke or heart attack.
And so I think he's trying to show that no I'm the governor I'm fulfilling the functions of the governor you know lawfully.
Let's get food to ways that he -- be bounced out right now you get the attorney general asking the State Supreme Court bounce about because he's incapacitated.
-- novel legal argument for -- That's an uphill battle for her but -- -- got the state legislature which is trying to take a look at whether he should be impeached and they could balance him out and if they do.
Then what happens.
Well then you the question is how to replace him and you know last week when the scandal first came out everybody was so appalled about governor.
A number of prominent Democrats including Dick Durbin the other.
Senator from Illinois and Harry Reid the senate majority leader.
Said we gotta have a special election anybody picked by Rod Blagojevich would be tainted so we need to have a special election so now.
You decide commercial Republicans have picked up on that said we need to have.
A special election and I think a number of Democrats now think well -- after a week of this we don't know how long it's gonna go on people might.
Think this is a democratic scandal and who knows they could elect Republicans so.
And I -- -- let me just dump it on SharePoint because of the lieutenant governor is also a Democrat gets to appoint his choice.
We gonna run it's going to be another Democrat you'll have a guaranteed democratic seat but I that there is a special election any party could win it's.
Possible I mean obviously.
It's not likely that the people of Illinois would elected democratic senator that the the you know.
The Republican Party put on a pretty pathetic effort against Barack Obama in 2004 when their candidate.
Exploded in scandal in -- imported Alan Keyes so you know probably stay in democratic hands but that's the risk the lot of Democrats don't want to take.
And it but if they have a special election is saying it could cost the people of Illinois around thirty million dollars that seems like a lot of money to expend.
When you're likely to get a Democrat with a special election or the lieutenant governor gets to a point -- Well it it is that the that the estimate is thirty million dollars but if you I mean that people don't -- facing this problem to do the governor probably cannot stay.
An office and he does there is this open senate seat.
So we're really again that the most democratic way with a small.
I'm I'm at a time but I want to ask you quickly what are the odds of him being impeached and how long would that take.
Well they're starting a special session today some people say it could take a month some people they can do it -- into -- more quick.
And quickly big thing is that they would have -- they legislature would have to conduct its own investigation into the fact that B interest.
Farewell -- -- more bizarre by the day signing legislation today -- is Byron York thanks so much.
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