With Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D) sleazy "pay to play" scheme fully exposed — he attempted to extort monetary favors from potential candidates to be appointed to President-elect Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat — there is only one viable solution to filling that seat. There must be a special election in Illinois.

With potential appointees' names being dragged through the mud — some possibly for good reason if they were, in fact, offering bribes — Illinois residents and the entire country deserve to have a fair election. Leading Democrats in Springfield should not hesitate to work with Republicans and have both parties’ elected officials fall in line to ensure they have the votes to override any veto the disgraced governor may launch to legislation they need to pass for a special election. As well, no self-respecting citizen should allow Blagojevich to appoint him or her to the Senate. Who would want to be the skunk at that garden party?

Republicans would, of course, have a fair shot at winning the seat, and the GOP would be energized on the heels of the Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE runoff win in Georgia should a Republican prevail in an Illinois special election.

Democrats need to do the right thing, and let the chips fall where they may — even if they fall to Republicans.

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