Jackson: May the Best Man Get Obama’s Seat
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Monday that he doesnt think its that important at all that President-elect Barack Obamas Senate seat be filled by an African-American.
Jackson, whose name has been floated as a possible Obama successor, said on MSNBC that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) should pick someone for the seat objectively, and who best represents the interests of the state.
Obama was the only African-American Senator in the 110th Congress and is the fifth in U.S. history. He officially resigned his Senate seat on Sunday.
Another contender for Obamas seat, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), said Saturday that he thinks race shouldnt be the main consideration in naming Obamas replacement.
The quicker we get away from … simply referring to elected officials by the color of their skin and their national origin, the better [for] this country, Gutierrez told reporters at a Chicago immigration event.