Davis: Replacing Obama Could Take Months

Posted December 19, 2008 at 4:24pm

Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) said on Friday that it could take months for Illinois officials to address the allegations surrounding Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and name a Senate replacement for President-elect Barack Obama. “I think we’re talking about certainly weeks, perhaps even months to go through the process,” Davis said on MSNBC. “The quickest solution, obviously, would be if the governor was to step aside for a bit [and] allow the lieutenant governor to become acting,” Davis said. “The longer we wait, the longer the people of Illinois will be without all the representation they could have in the Senate.” But Blagojevich, who publicly defended himself Friday for the first time since being accused of corruption, said he has no plans to leave office despite being accused of orchestrating a “pay to play” scheme tied to Obama’s empty Senate seat. The governor “appears to have good counsel,” Davis said, “which means we’re going to be looking at this for quite some time.”