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Who's Next To Serve In The Senate?

By Karl Klockars in News on Nov 5, 2008 5:20PM

Our Esteemed Governor, Rod Blagojevich, has announced a press conference this afternoon to discuss the possibility of a commission to discuss who might possibly take over for YESHECAN when he takes office in January. Rather than handicap all the possibilities for the vacant seat, here's a quick list of "maybes" and we'll leave it to you to virtually wager your digital matchsticks or Halloween candy miniatures on who's going to get the nod. Here's some of the people who've been mentioned:


  • Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • Sandi Jackson
  • Jesse White
  • Emil Jones Jr.
  • Dan Hynes
  • Lisa Madigan
  • Alexi Giannoulias
  • Bill Daley
  • Jan Schakowski
  • Tammy Duckworth

Or, of course, Rod Blagojevich himself. But will this be an appointment based on what's best for the state? Or an appointment based on who Blago doesn't want to see running against him next time his office goes up for grabs? And what happens to Rahm Emanuel's seat, now that he's been tapped to be Chief Of Staff? We're trying to figure that out right now - but it looks like that appointment might go to Blago as well. Feel free to do your own handicapping and oddsmaking in the comments.

Photo courtesy of Sen. Obama's now-unnecessary Senate page.