I raised this question a long time ago: If Barack Obama becomes president, who will be appointed to replace him to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate? Governor Rod Blagojevich would be responsible for picking that replacement. Who should he pick? Eric Zorn has a list of possible choices:
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky
U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel
U.S. Rep. Luis Guitierrez
Ill. Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan
Ill. Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
Ill. Comptroller Dan Hynes
Former Ill. Sen. Carol Ronen
Ill. Rep. Jay Hoffman (D.-Collinsville)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich (nothing I see in the law prevents him from appointing himself)
I think that last name is a real possibility, if not a probability. I don’t know, maybe Blagojevich’s gumption does know limits.
I’m not steeped in Illinois Democratic politics so I’m not at all sure who would be the best choice. Gut feelings make me think Dan Hynes, Tammy Duckworth and Lisa Madigan might be good. But then I’m not at all familiar with a few of the names on the list and I’m not really able to come up with other names as I venture into the Rich Miller territory of substantive Illinois politics.
Anyone got any favorites or suggestions for the (probably) next senator from Illinois?