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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns

phil206 Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 5:22 PM
Of course he waited until after his re-election so that the seat could be filled by appointment. How dishoinest is that? Rather like Giffords keeping her seat for a year when clearly unable to fulfil the duties of the office and represent her constituants in order to avoid a Rep. Gov. naming a replacement.
weluvdarams Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 6:22 PM
Only vacant senate seats are filled by governors' appointments. It's a holdover from the days when state legislatures selected senators (pre 17th amendment. A terrible amendment IMHO.) House seats are always filled by special election.
tuttletacoma Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 5:28 PM
under Arizona law, the gov can name a replacement for an elected official when they are incapacitated from injury

Gov Brewer understood that naming a replacement in Arizona's version of Berkely east would have upset the lefties in Tucson

Aides to House Speaker John Boehner are confirming they have received a letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The Congressman has been on medical leave since June and is under federal investigation for misusing campaign funds. As Katie reported earlier today, “He has also been investigated for being caught up in the Rod Blagojevich saga and is suspected of trying to help sell President Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.” According to the Washington Post, “It has been rumored in recent weeks that he would resign as part of a plea deal.”

His resignation means...