Is the Next Illinois Senator Danny Davis?
Governor Blagojevic of Illinois called Congressman Danny Davis "Senator Davis" — twice — while they appeared together at a Thanksgiving event in Chicago.
For a brief moment, it seemed as if the governor had chosen Chicago Congressman Danny Davis to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. But Blagojevich — who along with Davis was visiting homeless people at a Chicago Christian Industrial League Thanksgiving meal Thursday — quickly let it be known that he still hasn’t made his choice about who should fill the remaining two years of Obama’s Senate term.
Hasn’t made up his mind? Or getting constituents ready for an announcement?
"Congressman Davis is a very good person. He and I have worked together in Congress, and I know the kind of man he is. I know that he is a good, decent man, and you don’t find a lot of that in politics," Blagojevich said. "I’m breaking my rules about speculating on a candidate, but Congressman Davis is here, and I can tell you he’s certainly a strong candidate for the position."
Congressman Davis said he’s talked to the governor and he would be honored to serve if asked:
"I have spoken to the governor. The opportunity to serve in the U.S. Senate would be great. It’s an awesome responsibility, and I have never shied away from responsibility," Davis said. "Quite frankly, if the governor should see fit to appoint me, I’m eager to run and eager to serve."
Davis has not been shy about his interest in the job:
Davis, who has represented the 7th Congressional District in Chicago for 12 years, is not the only one openly campaigning for the position. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, is also trying to publicly drum up support.
"I don’t think everybody who is interested in being considered intended to be campaigning," Davis said. "I think ultimately we decided that when in Rome you’ve got to do what Romans do."
He added, "Any dog that doesn’t wag its own tail ain’t much of a dog."