UPDATE: Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) admitted to hospital with stroke like symptoms
UPDATE: I see LiberalProgressive has an update...CNN has reported that Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) did NOT have a stroke...Godspeed, Senator. Rest up, and get well.
MSNBC and CNN are currently reporting that Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) experienced stroke-like symptoms today and has been taken to George Washington hospital for observation. There have been no updates regarding his condition. South Dakota is governed by a Republican, Mike Rounds, and both houses of the State Legislature are controlled by Republicans. In the event that Johnson could not fulfill his job duties, Mike Rounds would have the opportunity to appoint a replacement until 2008.
The governor fills vacancies that occur in the state legislature, the state judiciary, and other state constitutional offices. In addition, the Constitution of the United States vests the governor with the power to fill vacanies in South Dakota's seats in the United States Senate.Senator Johnson, you are in my thoughts, and I wish you well. Governor Rounds, in the case of a tragedy, you better be prepared to follow the will of the people by appointing a DEMOCRATIC MEMBER to fill Johnson's seat.