Sen. Jesse Jackson Jr.?

As he decides whom to appoint to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, Illinois' governor is meeting with the son of the civil rights leader.

Published December 8, 2008 8:30PM (EST)

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., could end up as the next junior senator from Illinois. The state's governor, Rod Blagojevich, says he's meeting with Jackson on Monday to discuss possibly appointing the son of the civil rights leader to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Blagojevich won't give any details on his short list for the position, but he described Jackson as a "very strong" candidate. For a list of other potential contenders, compiled by Salon's Gabriel Winant, see this post.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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