WE ARE ILLINOIS
Illinois GOP chief calls for fast action on replacing Fitzgerald
By Greg Hinz,
The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party is urging Washington — including U.S. Senate Republicans — to act quickly to install a successor to retiring U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald.
In a phone interview, Pat Brady says it would not be a good idea for Senate Republicans to filibuster a nomination by President Barack Obama in hopes that Mitt Romney will be elected in November and select someone else.
"It makes no sense to do that," since all U.S. attorneys traditionally offer their resignations anyhow when a new president takes office, Mr. Brady said. "I hope that doesn't happen."
I phoned Mr. Brady after he released a statement urging the president "to move quickly" to name a successor to Mr. Fitzgerald, who announced Wednesday that he will leave office next month.
What about Republicans, I asked. They're included, too, he responded.
Given the importance of ending political corruption here, "I think everybody should do what's right for Illinois, whatever political party they're in," he said. "We need to act as quickly as possible. I hope this will be nonpartisan."
So there. We'll see if Washington listens.
SOURCE: Crain's Chicago Business
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