01/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Abner Mikva Doesn't Want Obama Senate Seat, Endorses Schakowsky

WASHINGTON--Abner Mikva, the gold standard for integrity in Illinois politics, told me Thursday night he is not interested in an appointment to replace President elect Barack Obama. And when there is an election to fill the Obama seat, Mikva said his candidate is Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

"No," said the 82-year-old Mikva when I asked him if he would accept an appointment in the wake of the Gov. Rod Blagojevich selling of a Senate seat scandal. "It's nice to be mentioned...Been there, done that. I am much too old to start a career in one of the few places I wouldn't be the oldest member."

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