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Rep. Wicker Is Barbour's Choice

UPDATED, 12:30 p.m. ET: Mississippi Republican Rep. Roger Wicker today was named by Gov. Haley Barbour to fill Trent Lott's Senate seat. Sources inside the state's Republican Party had leaked the news earlier today.

Wicker will serve until November when a special election will determine who will serve out the final years of Lott's unexpired term. (Fix Note: The date of the special election remains up in the air. Democrats are likely to contest Barbour's ruling on a November special, insisting that state law demands a special election within 90 days of a vacancy. Expect this to wind up in court.)

Sen. Jon Ensign (Nev.), head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, praised Wicker's selection in a statement put out today: "I commend Governor Barbour for his choice to replace Senator Trent Lott in the U.S. Senate today. I look forward to working with Congressman Roger Wicker both in the Senate and on his campaign in 2008."

Wicker, by the way, has endorsed Fred Thompson's bid for the GOP nomination.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 31, 2007; 10:40 AM ET
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Posted by: elme13 | March 5, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Not all Democrats disagree wtih Barbour in Mississippi on the special election. The three-term Democratic Secretary of State Eric Clark agrees with Barbour that the statue can reasonably be read and interpreted as Barbour does.

There is an exception to the 90-day rule that says, "unless the vacancy shall occur in a year that there shall be held a general state or congressional election, in which event the Governor's proclamation shall designate the general election day as the time for electing a Senator".

Clark and Barbour agree that the vacancy did occur in 2007; and 2007 is a general state election year.

Posted by: layneyp | January 2, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

That's kind of a silly rule to make. It's for student councils, not Congress. It would *insure* that the party that was elected to the seat would lose it just because their incumbent died or resigned; thwarting the will of the voters. Should a Democrat who got 34% against Craig Thomas in WY have gotten his seat when he died last summer? Ashcroft kept the MO Senate seat he lost in 2000? What would you do if Tim Johnson had died?--the candidate he last beat holds the other Senate seat from SD. Would Thune get the senior seat and the junior one given to a third party candidate who got less than 5% of the vote in 2002?

What's most democratic is to fill vacancies through elections. I'd prefer that Governors filled Senate vacancies by having to call special elections quickly rather than appointing anyone. But gubernatorial appointments are more democratic than giving seats to the loser of the last election, since governors are elected and laws give them powers to appoint other officials.

Posted by: jon.morgan.1999 | January 1, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

It would be so much simpler if when an elected official resigned in mid term, for reasons other than health, that the person who received the second highest number of votes in the general election for that term of office be the one to replace him or her.

Posted by: jimk8mr | December 31, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

It would be so much simpler if when an elected official resigned in mid term, for reasons other than health, that the person who received the second highest number of votes in the general election for that term of office be the one to replace him or her.

Posted by: jimk8mr | December 31, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Can he sing good Ol' Patriotic 'Mercan songs in 4-part harmony? How's his stance? Nice and wide? Is he married? Does he work well with Pages? These are the important questions when a Republican position is in play.

Posted by: thebobbob | December 31, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you really can't report this November special election controversy as a "he said/he said" argument. The law is what it is, and the Governor has violated it. If you're not able to state that unequivocally, get some advice from an election attorney in Mississippi.

There's laws, and apparently there's Haley's laws.

Posted by: TeddySanFran | December 31, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Had Haley Barbour and Blogger Blankin not had that face to face, man to man discussion a few weeks ago, Wicker would not stand a chance. Blankin would have won in a landslide. Now, however,that there is unity in the Mississippi GOP, Blankin has formed exploratory committees in New York and Illinois while he considers running for senate. He has also indicated to close advisors that he will meet with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomburg later this week to discuss the GOP presidential race and the possibility of a brokered convention where they would play a major role. Imagine a NYC millionaire and a Mississippi millionaire as political partners to save the GOP from itself? That would be brilliant. Blankin has more grassroots support across the country with the blue collar demographic than any candidiate in either party.

Posted by: forensicsbx | December 31, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Why should a republican insider like Barbour get to make up the rules to try to benefit this appointee as the now incumbant by lengthening his stay and enhancing his odds in direct contridiction to established guidelines and rules...

how typical but then what else should be expected.

Posted by: dantzu | December 31, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

There is a poll out showing former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove defeating Wicker, 48% to 34%. This must be a factor of name id. Is it at all likely that former AG Mike Moore will change his mind and jump in, like Shaheen and Tom Udall? How likely is it that AG Hood will beat Gov. Barbour in court? There's still an outside chance the dems will take the seat.

Posted by: xjspzx | December 31, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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