Former Governor Doug Wilder wants Congressman Bobby Scott (D) to be appointed to fill the Senate seat that would be vacated if the Clinton/Kaine ticket prevails. Â Doug Wilder issued this statement,
“Like many people, particularly in our commonwealth, I am pleased and proud to see Tim Kaine being picked by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate. And I have many times made that known,â€ he said. â€œThe reality of the times makes it necessary to consider his replacement in the United States Senate should he be elected vice president.
â€œThough several names have been mentioned, I would consider Bobby Scott to be that person, as deserving as any, and many would say most deserving of all. I include myself in that latter category. This would be good for the commonwealth, good for the Democratic Party, of which Bobby has been most supportive, and great for our nation. Listing those qualifications for those responsible for his appointment would be superfluous here, as they are so well thereto known.â€
A McAuliffe spokesperson said it is premature to talk about a replacement for Senator Kaine. Â If he does have the opportunity to replace Kaine in the Senate I think he will appoint himself and allow Northam to assume the Governorship, giving him a boost in his race for Governor next year. Â McAuliffe’s senate appointment would be in the Senate until November of 2017 when there would be a special election to fill the seat.