The Connecticut Post’s Ken Dixon notes that the Senate Vacancy bill is moving forward in the Legislature. The bill would strip the Governor’s office of the ability to appoint a replacement to the U.S. Senate in the event of a vacancy.
Republican State Senator Dan Debicella correctly noted the following:
“The truth of the matter is we do have elections for Senate vacancies,” said Sen. Dan Debicella, R-Shelton, ranking member of the committee.
Aside from the programmatic problem of further consolidating power with the supermajority at a time when most voters prefer balanced government, the bill presents a whole host of structural problems.
As Sen. Debicella points out, it is an unnecessary expense. We already have special elections for U.S. Senators: they occur at the next regularly scheduled statewide election – never more than two years away – without the additional expense of organizing a statewide special election.
The bill would diminish Connecticut’s representation in the U.S. Senate by 50% for at least 150 days – stripping us of half our say over the important legislative matters considered in Washington.
The Framers of the Constitution had this correct, rightly entrusting elected Governors with the ability to swiftly fill Senate vacancies. Instead, the proponents of the bill have bottled “less representation” under the label “more democracy”.