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December 18, 2008

Cornyn petitions for special election in Illinois

Incoming NRSC chairman John Cornyn sent out a petition last night urging the Illinois state legislature to hold a special election to determine Barack Obama’s successor in the Senate.

The petition calls on the legislature "to remove the cloud of corruption and cronyism from process of selecting Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate."

The Illinois state legislature adjourned this week without taking up legislation that would remove the governor’s ability to make an appointment for the Senate vacancy

The Republican National Committee, the Illinois Republican party and the editorial boards of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times have all criticized the legislature for backing away from a special election.

Cornyn joined in the chorus with the petition.

“If we don’t act right now, the culture of corruption of the Illinois Democratic machine will leave an indelible mark on the United States Senate,” Cornyn wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

The full petition is below the jump:

As a patriotic, law-abiding American, I am calling on you to remove the cloud of corruption and cronyism from process of selecting Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate. In the spirit of President-elect Obama's call that there be more transparency in our government, I urge you to give the voters of your state a voice in deciding who represents them in your state in the U.S. Senate by holding a special election to fill the vacancy.

Sincerely,
Senator John Cornyn, Texas