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December 12, 2008

Blagojevich supporting a special election?

Some fascinating buzz from Rich Miller at Capitol Fax, speculating that Gov. Rod Blagojevich might "quickly" sign legislation calling for a special election to deprive his lieutenant governor of naming Obama's successor:

Capitol Fax reports this morning that if a bill to strip the governor of the power the appoint a replacement to the vacant senate seat advances to his desk, Rod Blagojevich may just sign the bill quickly (since most agree that his window to make an appointment has irrevocably closed) as a last 'F--- You' to many, especially Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who he "despises", according to Rich Miller.

Quinn lately has changed his tune and stated emphatically that he would appoint a replacement if he becomes governor, rather than putting the state through the turmoil and expense of a special election. While some Dems might still think having Quinn make the appointment is better than risking a special election, some sources suggest that Quinn might consider appointing a Republican. Well, who better than Mark Kirk?