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Fri Nov 27, 2020, 03:55 PM

Is Sheldon Whitehouse under consideration for Biden's AG? Excellent choice.

He's very outspoken on twitter, which I take to mean he would be an aggressive AG.

Very strong on the environment, and has a complete handle on who is corrupting the federal judiciary.

Not sure the process to replace him in the Senate. Can we be assured a Democrat would fill his seat?

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Reply Is Sheldon Whitehouse under consideration for Biden's AG? Excellent choice. (Original post)
TomDaisy Nov 2020 OP
Sugarcoated Nov 2020 #1
Orangepeel Nov 2020 #2
mcar Nov 2020 #5
PTWB Nov 2020 #15
PTWB Nov 2020 #14
Orangepeel Nov 2020 #27
PTWB Nov 2020 #28
USALiberal Nov 2020 #31
USALiberal Nov 2020 #32
PoliticAverse Nov 2020 #22
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2020 #3
mcar Nov 2020 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2020 #9
mcar Nov 2020 #11
BannonsLiver Nov 2020 #4
MacKasey Nov 2020 #6
The Blue Flower Nov 2020 #8
Tanuki Nov 2020 #10
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2020 #13
Tanuki Nov 2020 #17
BGBD Nov 2020 #12
kimbutgar Nov 2020 #16
50 Shades Of Blue Nov 2020 #19
Fiendish Thingy Nov 2020 #18
WhiteTara Nov 2020 #20
lapucelle Nov 2020 #21
boston bean Nov 2020 #23
kentuck Nov 2020 #24
BComplex Nov 2020 #25
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2020 #29
BComplex Nov 2020 #30
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2020 #33
PoliticAverse Nov 2020 #26
IllinoisBirdWatcher Nov 2020 #34

Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 03:57 PM

1. Now that would be a shot across the bow

I like it

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 03:59 PM

2. no. The governor would replace him with a republican.

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Response to Orangepeel (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:02 PM

5. The governor of Rhode Island is a Democrat

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Response to mcar (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:17 PM

15. Exactly. Idk where people come up with this stuff.

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Response to Orangepeel (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:17 PM

14. What????

What makes you think (D) Gina Raimondo would replace him with a Republican?? She herself is under consideration for a role in Biden’s administration.

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Response to PTWB (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:23 PM

27. Hah! I got "Sheldon" mixed up with "Sherrod"

I should think before I type. 😀

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Response to Orangepeel (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:24 PM

28. All good!!

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Response to Orangepeel (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 06:25 PM

32. Self delete! Nt

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Response to Orangepeel (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:12 PM

22. Governors don't make interim appointments for the Senate in Rhode Island,

a special election is held (and the governor is a Democrat anyway).

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:01 PM

3. I like him but he'd be replaced by a GOPer.

We can't afford to lose any senators at all. Sally Yates, maybe, or Preet Bharara. People who have done the job or similar before and whose selection wouldn't take any Dems out of the Senate or the House.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:04 PM

7. Gina Raimondo is a Democrat

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Response to mcar (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:05 PM

9. OK, but would there have to be a special election later,

with the risk that a GOPer might win it? I really don't want to lose such a good senator when there are so many excellent candidates for the position who aren't in Congress.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:08 PM

11. I don't know the laws in RI

I was simply responding to the claim, seen several times here, that the RI gov was GOP. She is not.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:03 PM

6. Sheldon Whitehouse is from RI

RI has a democratic governor


Gina Raimondo

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:05 PM

8. We need him in the Senate

He's an A-1 senator.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:06 PM

10. He has been great in some of the televised hearings I have seen.

He would be quite formidable as AG.

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:14 PM

13. Much as I like Whitehouse he is more useful in the Senate.

The best candidate for AG is someone who has extensive and recent experience within the federal legal system. Whitehouse was a US attorney for a few years in the '90s and was the AG for RI after that (almost 20 years ago), but I'd rather see someone who's worked in that system recently and knows where more of the bodies are currently buried. Sally Yates should get her old job back.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:18 PM

17. She would be excellent. Skilled, experienced, and highly ethical.

One of many patriots who were unjustly persecuted and punished by Rapist45 for upholding Constitution. I would love to see her vindicated.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:11 PM

12. Lincoln Chaffee

Would probably run for the seat.....question is for which party.

He's not a fit in the Republican party anymore.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:18 PM

16. No Democratic senator should leave their jobs.

That seat could go to a repuke. There is plenty of other talent out there that we do not need pick a Democratic senator.

I remember when Janet Napolitano was governor of Arizona and President Obama picked her. That was the last Democratic governor in Arizona since then.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:30 PM

19. +1

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:21 PM

18. Judiciary chair. Nt

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:35 PM

20. He is in contention for DiFi's seat as ranking minority

on Judiciary.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:43 PM

21. Sally Yates. N/T

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:13 PM

23. He would be fantastic.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:16 PM

24. He is a strong defender of the Constitution...

...which is probably a good trait for an Attorney-General?

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:19 PM

25. I thought he already picked Merritt Garland for AG.

I thought that was a done deal.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:25 PM

29. No, just one of the names that's been floated.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #29)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 06:05 PM

30. I would absolutely LOVE it if he appointed Sheldon Whitehouse for AG.

He'd surely kick some ass and take some names.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 06:35 PM

33. Ass-kicking and name-taking are not necessary or even desirable.

What we should have is an AG whose DoJ evaluates all cases fairly and objectively, regardless of who is being considered and why, and that prosecutes only those cases for which they have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, without the slightest hint of a political agenda. I'm not saying Whitehouse couldn't be objective, but I don't want anyone chosen on the basis of their ass-kicking abilities.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:21 PM

26. "Not sure the process to replace him" - it would be by special election

From: https://law.justia.com/codes/rhode-island/2019/title-17/chapter-17-4/section-17-4-9/

§ 17-4-9. Special election to fill senatorial vacancy.

Whenever a person elected a senator in congress, at any time between the day of that person's election and the beginning of his or her term of office, refuses to serve and so declares to the secretary of state, or dies, becomes insane, removes from the state, or is otherwise incapacitated, or whenever a vacancy happens in the representation of this state in the United States senate, the governor shall issue his or her writ of election directed to the several city and town clerks, or local boards as the case may be, ordering a new election of senator to fill the vacancy to be held in the state at as early a date, to be stated in the writ, as will be in compliance with the provisions of law in relation to these elections, but no election provided for by this section shall be held on any day other than the first Tuesday next after the first Monday of any month; provided, that whenever a vacancy occurs between the first day of July and the first day of October in any even-numbered year, the governor shall, unless in his or her opinion the public good requires an earlier special election, issue his or her writ for a special election to fill the vacancy to be held with the general election on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November of that year.


It seems rather unlikely a sitting Democratic senator will be chosen for Biden's cabinet with the possibility of the Senate being split 50-50 in January.

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Response to TomDaisy (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 06:44 PM

34. I hope not.

We need experienced senators to remain Senators. Even if we win the two run-off states.

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