And he’s not the only one who needs to promise to do just that.
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Harrison “Pete” Williams (D-NJ) resigned from the Senate following his Abscam corruption conviction in 1982. Republican Nicholas Brady was appointed to fill the Senate seat. Brady was not a candidate in the November election and resigned before the term was to expire, making way for Frank Lautenberg (D) to be sworn in ahead of his Senate class.
In fact, this tradition has been honored by appointed Colorado Senators in the past. In September 1932, Colorado’s Walter Walker (D) was appointed to the Senate upon the death of Charles Waterman. Walker lost the November 1932 election to Karl Schuyler, who was sworn into office on December 7.
Also in Colorado, Alva Adams (D) was appointed to the Senate in May 1923. He lost the November 1924 election to a full term and left the Senate that month. He was succeeded by election-winner Republican Rice Means on December 1, 1924.
Of course, there have been the rare exceptions. The political theater and late night TV punch line in Minnesota that was the governorship of Jesse Ventura had ties to the last appointed Senator who refused to resign. Minnesota Reform Party founder and Ventura’s 1998 campaign chairman Dean Barkley was appointed by Ventura to the Senate after the death of Paul Wellstone. Barkley refused to resign when Norm Coleman won the November 2002 election.
There have also been political shenanigans that have delayed a Senator-elect from immediately taking office.
Paul Kirk, Jr. (D-MA) was appointed as the caretaker of the seat formerly held by Edward Kennedy (D). Republican Scott Brown defeated the Democrat candidate for the seat in a January 19, 2010 special election. However, Massachusetts officials delayed certifying Brown’s election victory in an attempt for Kirk to be the 60th vote in favor of ObamaCare. Brown was not sworn into office until February 4, 2010.
The partisan actions by Massachusetts politicians underscore the importance of Bennet’s resignation should he lose the election. Congressional Democrats have vowed to hold a lame-duck session following this year’s mid-term elections. Democrats are expected to suffer significant election losses in November.
It is widely anticipated that Democrats will play the role of sore losers and use their lame-duck majorities to ram through legislation that is widely opposed by the majority of Americans. Everything from tax hikes to the onerous “cap-and-trade” legislation will likely be on the table.
Democrat incumbents, who were opposed to voting on such legislation before the election and who will no doubt be bitter following their election defeats, may vote in favor of treacherous legislation as political payback to the voters who turned them out of office.
The Maginot Line to preventing the passage of several bad bills lies in the Senate where every single vote counts. There is little doubt a lame-duck Bennet would vote in lock-step with Senate President Harry Reid (D-NV). Therefore, Colorado voters should demand a resignation promise from Bennet in the closing days of the campaign. It could be the deciding issue in what is now a very tight Senate race.
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