Ministers push Davis for Senate seat

December 13, 2008 4:02:35 PM PST
Dozens of ministers gathered Saturday to reaffirm their support for Congressman Danny Davis to take over Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.Davis, who represents the 7th District, said if Governor Blagojevich were to appoint him Saturday, he wouldn't accept it. However, he said, if there were a special election or if someone else were to appoint him, he does want Barack Obama's seat, and several ministers have his support.

One by one, the ministers stood Saturday and said that Davis is their choice to replace Obama.

Afterwards, Davis went on at length to make a statement and answer questions about a resignation, impeachment and special elections.

Davis says he believes Blagojevich should step aside. He also agrees with many Democrats that the person who fills the Senate seat should be appointment, rather than elected through special election.

Many Democrats say special elections are costly. They also say they have a greater chance of losing a special election if one is held.

Some gathered Saturday asked Congressman Davis if he believes the person to fill the Senate seat should be African-American.

"It is important to have the best representation that we can get, the very best representation. There are a number of people who have been mentioned as being a potential for the U.S. Senate seat. I am one of them. I am also black. I think if we got me, we'd be doing two things. One, we'd get the best we could get, and then, we'd get somebody black at the same time," Davis said to the group.

Davis said if there were to be a special election, it would cost him a lot. He warned that the people of Illinois would not see any commercials because he said he wouldn't have that kind of money.

Some say a special election would cost the state of Illinois between $30 and $50 million, something Davis says the state doesn't have either.


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