The Blago Effect
Yes, the shamed former Governor of Illinois is still rippling the political fabric, including in his state’s neighbor to the West: Missouri.
… a bill sponsored by [Missouri State] Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican from Salem, would require special elections to fill mid-term openings in statewide offices, including U.S. Senator.
The bill was approved earlier by the House, and now waits for Senate passage.
As you might imagine, with a Democrat in the Governor’s office, high-profile Missouri Republicans really like this bill. However:
… the bill does not call for a special election to fill a void in the governor’s office. Under current law, that honor would go to the lieutenant governor …
Who happens to be … wait for it … a Republican.