Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Delays in Replacing Clinton Fuel Move for Special Elections

Delays in replacing Clinton fuel move for special elections; The Ithaca Journal

Gov. David Paterson's slow pace in naming a successor for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate has become fodder for a movement to require special elections in filling Senate vacancies.

Two Wisconsin lawmakers, Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold and Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner, point with disdain to the drawn-out process in which Paterson chose Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Clinton, whom President Barack Obama tapped to be secretary of state.

Feingold and Sensenbrenner want to amend the 17th Amendment to the Constitution to require that, in every state, voters, not the governor, decide who should fill a vacant Senate seat. Currently, the requirement applies only in Alaska, Massachusetts, Oregon and Wisconsin.

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