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#1 Dec 06 2012 at 12:22 PM Rating: Good
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DeMint US Senator from South Carolina just announced he'd be stepping down from his senatorial duties to go head up the Heritage Foundation. SC Gov. Nikki Haley is responsible for naming a replacement senator.

Do you think someone like Haley has any autonomy in naming a replacement, or would DeMint have demanded to name his own successor before agreeing to give up his senatorial seat?

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Edited, Dec 6th 2012 7:23pm by Elinda
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It's not as though he's leaving as part of a plea bargain or scandal. So I don't see the leverage in demanding anything before you'll agree to leave. But he's influential and his hand-picked successor will likely get the spot.
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Must have decided he wanted a job with some real power.
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#4 Dec 06 2012 at 1:29 PM Rating: Good
I don't get this. Why not hold a sort of..by-election? Isn't it kind of the opposite of democracy to be able to hand-pick one's successor? This is something I don't get about US politics. Explain?
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Monsieur Driftwood wrote:
I don't get this. Why not hold a sort of..by-election? Isn't it kind of the opposite of democracy to be able to hand-pick one's successor? This is something I don't get about US politics. Explain?


They will, but often times (like in this case) someone gets appointed to fill the position until that can happen. I want to say laws vary a bit from state to state, but having someone like a governor appoint a temporary replacement isn't unheard of.

The "hand-picked" thing would be more of a "behind closed doors" deal.

Edited, Dec 6th 2012 11:35am by someproteinguy
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I don't get this. Why not hold a sort of..by-election? Isn't it kind of the opposite of democracy to be able to hand-pick one's successor? This is something I don't get about US politics. Explain?

States make the laws about electing senators. Mostly these are all the same with the exception of the statues around replacing one. Some appoint, others have special elections in various timeframes. Frequently Governors have a great deal of power over the processes. I hear it's ******* golden.
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#7 Dec 06 2012 at 1:35 PM Rating: Good
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Monsieur Driftwood wrote:
I don't get this. Why not hold a sort of..by-election? Isn't it kind of the opposite of democracy to be able to hand-pick one's successor? This is something I don't get about US politics. Explain?


They will, but often times (like in this case) someone gets appointed to fill the position until that can happen. I want to say laws vary a bit from state to state, but having someone like a governor appoint a temporary replacement isn't unheard of.

Edited, Dec 6th 2012 11:32am by someproteinguy


Ah, yes, that would make sense. I realize though that it isn't unheard of, but you'd think that there might be changes to the way it's done after the scandal where the Governor of Illinois was more or less trying to auction off Obama's senate seat to the highest bidder.
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Ah, yes, that would make sense. I realize though that it isn't unheard of, but you'd think that there might be changes to the way it's done after the scandal where the Governor of Illinois was more or less trying to auction off Obama's senate seat to the highest bidder.


As nice as it would be to modernize the change itself is scary. The political calculus with our current system is way to well understood by the parties that would be involved. The prolonged redistricting battles that happen every 10 years are bad enough already without trying to change other rules.

But it'd be nice if we could manage to hold a "special election" faster and make this temporary replacement thing less of a big deal.
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DeMint's exit leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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DeMint's exit leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
You people relish in this bitter puns. Smiley: oyvey
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DeMint's exit leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
You people relish in this bitter puns. Smiley: oyvey

At least no one mentioned DeMint being served on a boob yet.
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My in-laws are huge DeMint fans. Need to ask them what they think about this to get the bona fide SC wingnut opinion.

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Smasharoo wrote:
Must have decided he wanted a job with some real power.

His new position paying about 6x what he makes as a senator likely doesn't hurt either.
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