WASHINGTON--President elect Barack Obama on Wednesday called for embattled Gov. Blagojevich to resign and for the voters of Illinois to pick his replacement, an aide said.
Obama's call for Blagojevich to step down comes after a stream of Illinois officials said the governor should quit following his arrest and criminial complaint filed against him where he is accused of selling the senate seat to the highest bidder.
"The President-elect agrees with Lt. Governor Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the Governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois."
Obama joined Sen. Dick Durbin and others calling for a special election; the Illinois General Assembly meets next week to strip Blagojevich of his power to appoint a successor.
"The President-elect believes that the General Assembly should consider the issue and put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the people of Illinois.?