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Republican National Committee calls for special election in Illinois. Natch. Memo.

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS.--The Republican National Committee on Thursday moved to head off the potential that Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn--who one day will be governor when Gov. Blagojevich resigns or is impeached--picks the Obama replacement, who will be a Democrat.

An election at least gives the GOP a chance to win the seat.


Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 4:54 PM
Subject: RNC Memo on Illinois Senate Seat


Republican
National
Committee

To: RNC National Committee Members
Fr: Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan
Re: RNC Memo on Illinois Senate Seat
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008

I wanted to share with you an interesting development that took place yesterday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) drafted and sent a letter to Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) asking that he step aside so that the lieutenant governor could make the appointment concerning President-elect Obama's vacated seat in the U.S. Senate. In the last 24 hours there has been increased activity on the part of Democrats to discourage an election in Illinois where voters would decide who should represent them in the Senate.

That leads to one question, why?

The reason is because Harry Reid and Democrats on Capitol Hill are seeing exactly what we are seeing. Republicans are competing and winning. We are holding seats in states and districts carried in the past by Republicans, and we are also picking up seats in Democrat strongholds, as is the case in Louisiana's Second Congressional District.

Voters are embracing leaders who represent core conservative values, such as Saxby Chambliss, John Fleming and Joseph Cao. They are rejecting politicians who offer words, not deeds and fail to demonstrate a real commitment to getting things done.

Voters in the Second District of Louisiana rejected the greed and corruption demonstrated by Congressman Jefferson and embraced Mr. Cao's commitment to preserve the dignity of public office by championing comprehensive ethics reform, keeping taxes low, and providing greater accountability for Congressional spending.

We expect that the same may be true in Illinois and it appears Harry Reid agrees.

The situation in Illinois clearly speaks to the need for a special election as articulated by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) when he stated the Illinois General Assembly "should enact a law as quickly as possible calling for a special election" to fill the Senate vacancy of Barack Obama.

His sentiments could not have been clearer and have been echoed by Democrats and Republicans alike.

The people of Illinois should decide who will represent them in the U.S. Senate, as opposed to an insider from the Blagojevich Administration at the behest of Washington politicians.

While Democrats in Washington offer rhetoric speaking to "openness" and "transparency" it seems these words have little meaning behind them at moments of political inconvenience. This is an opportunity for the politicians in the nation's capital to step aside and allow the people to have their say. As Chairman of the Republican Party, I believe in these unique circumstances to restore integrity into the system, voters should have the final word on who represents their interests in Illinois and I would hope Democrats in Washington are willing to place their confidence and trust in the people to elect their next Representative in the U.S. Senate.


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I honestly could live with not having to live through months of dirty campaign ads and a incredibly divise election and not spending over $50 million dollars on it for a 20-month freshman senator. Instead just let Pat Quinn appoint Jan Schakowsky or whoever. I'll wait for 2010 for the vote and get off this senator nonsense and get to the real issues of the Cook County Democratic Organization.

I think with all the scandals of the current White House (WMD found yet?), we need to yell and scream, but not forget that there is a difference between having A govenor and A governor like Rod Blagojevich...

Emily:
The thing is the person who gets appointed by Quinn will probably win re-election in 2010. That's the way those things work. It's better to get now who the people want because that person will most likely get re-elected. Senators have to screw up pretty bad to not win re-election, even if they've been appointed.

Emily:
The thing is the person who gets appointed by Quinn will probably win re-election in 2010. That's the way those things work. It's better to get now who the people want because that person will most likely get re-elected. Senators have to mess up pretty bad to not win re-election, even if they've been appointed.

OF COURSE THEY WANT AN ELECTION, THEY ARE THE ONLY
ONES WHO CAN AFFORD TO RUN IN AN ELECTION!
IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, WHY WOULD YOU HAVE AN
ELECTION FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE OVER A SEAT FOR 2
YEARS, THE ECONOMY IS BAD, UNLESS YOU HAVE MONEY
IN A PILLOWCASE, YOU CAN'T AFFORD THIS UNWANTED
ELECTION!
THE REPUBLICANS ARE LOVING THIS, BUT THEY ARE
THE ONES WHO COULDN'T DEFEAT OBAMA WHEN HE RAN
AGAINST THE GUY WHO WAS MARRIED TO THE ACTRESS,
AND THEN UNCLE REMUS CAME TO TOWN, AND HE GOT HIS
BUTT KICKED AS WELL!
YOU BET YOUR UNPAID BILLS THEY WANT AN ELECTION,
AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN THOUGH!

While we are at it, put the Gubernatorial seat on the ballot also along with the Lt. Governor. Clean out the whole nest with just one election expense.

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