Usually I’m perturbed by excessively long layoffs for special elections but I hope the good people of IL-2 get to enjoy Congressman Vacant Seat for as long as possible.
David Orr Cook County Clerk wants Feb 26th for the primary and April 9th for the General.
I was hoping Congressman BribeMe would try to keep the seat for the next two years and collect a salary without showing up for work. It would have been a huge embarassment for the Dems and it's unlikely they would have actually made a move to expel him unless he was convicted for a crime.
I agree with PhilCollins that John Arrington is probably the strongest candidate we can run for that seat, though I doubt conservatives will be able to persuade him and draft him for the job. Unfortunately, having an "R" next to your name on the ballot is toxic to most of Junior's constituents in Crook County. I'm convinced they'd vote RAT if Jesus himself was the GOP nominee and the RAT candidate was caught snorting glue and raping children on live TV. Arrington might have a slight chance of getting elected Mayor of the city of Harvey, if for no other reason because its a non-partisan race so they'd be willing to consider a conservative.
The special election can’t be on April 9. According to a state law, Gov. Quinn must announce the election dates within five days after the resignation. The general election must be held no more than 115 days after the day that Quinn makes the announcement. The latest possible day for the special general election is March 21.