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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Fox reports Blagojevich will appoint Emil Jones to U.S. Senate

Fox News reports Gov. Rod Blagojevich will appoint Emil Jones, Jr., former president of the Illinois Senate, to be Illinois junior U.S. Senator. This vacancy was created when former Senator Barack Obama resigned in preparation for becoming the 44th President of the United States.

I get the impression Fox News is less than 100% sure that the decision will stick. Read the last two sentences of the article and make your own judgment.
Other potential replacements mentioned are state veterans official Tammy Duckworth and Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

While Blagojevich has given no indication of whom he will appoint to the seat, he has said that he wants to make an announcement before the end of the year.

Archpundit, aka Larry Handlin, has called Blagojevich a "madman" in the context of trying to figure who he would appoint to the U.S. Senate.

Of the candidates to appoint Jones would be the least surprising in some ways. He's a close Blagojevich ally. Many people consider Blagojevich obligated to appoint an African-American since Blacks comprise 12.3% of the U.S. population (or more if the 2000 Census under-counted African-Americans) and Obama was the only Black U.S. Senator (and along with Edward Brooke, III and Carol Moseley Braun one of three Black Senators since Reconstruction).

The Proviso Township angle for this appointment is that it won't lead to any changes, promotions or upward mobility for Proviso politicians.

If Fox has the story right, congratulations Emil Jones.

Because of Jones advanced age (73 years old) and his reputation as someone who used politics to enrich his family and friends, many observers assume Jones will not run for re-election in 2010. This will leave the position open and it could draw more than one strong Democratic candidate.

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  • While someone sent to the U.S. Senate to vote for two years (no ability or intent to run for re-election) normally has little influence.

    However, Jones is an experienced legislator and has a close relationship with Obama.

    It will be fun to watch Jones go to the floor of the U.S. Senate and say, "I have a constituent who wants me to vote for this bill because it will be good for all Americans...."

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:48 PM, December 06, 2008  

  • Hey Carl, Jones as US Senator would be a national disgrace to Illinois! Also having Danny Davis as a US Senator would be ridiculous!\
    If it has to be a black politician,eventhough Obama did'nt run as a Black man,instead he ran as a Democrat,the best qualified would probably be Jackson Jr.
    I think if Blago picks a Black,because Obama was black,would disgrace supposedly what Obama stands for,measure the quality of the indivdual,not vote because of his raceIt seems comments from black politicians are racist,the pick should be the best canidiate,regardless of the race or sex.
    Also Carl, what's going on with the spring elections? Who is running for 209,89 and 88? What about the village races in Westchester,Maywood,Broadview,Stone Park,Bellwood and Melrose Park? What about the Township elections? The Park races?
    We need more information about local events!

    By Anonymous Brian, at 7:31 PM, December 06, 2008  

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