February 8th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Harman's departure likely to leave seat empty for months

CNN Political Unit

Washington (CNN) – Democratic California Congresswoman Jane Harman said Tuesday the cost of a special election, forced by her resignation from Congress, will likely be "minimal." But despite her call to fill her seat as "quickly as possible," her abrupt resignation will likely result in her constituents being unrepresented for months.

Harman announced she would resign her seat in Congress in order to accept an appointment as the head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center beginning on February 28 at a news conference on Tuesday. She was sworn in to her ninth term representing the 37th district of California last month.

In an interview to be aired on CNN's "John King, USA," at 7 p.m. E.T. Tuesday, Harman revealed the possibility that the special election to fill her seat may be folded into a ballot already planned for this summer, leaving the seat unfilled for a minimum of several months. When Rep. Hilda Solis was nominated by President Obama to become labor secretary in 2009, a special election held to fill her seat cost about $1.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Country registrar.

Harman told Chief National Correspondent John King that California Gov. Jerry Brown has "some real latitude" to plan the special election and acknowledged the severe budget woes faced by the state.

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  1. fahim

    sir, i love your show and your view most often, agree w/ prim minister that egypt is not reay for democracy, no midle eastern country is reay, look at iran, iraq etc... ajami is way off, he should know better, yes nobody is saying death to u.s. and israel yet, it will come soon, when the radical clergy take over., and they will in absence of a cohissive group with a recognized leader. ajami may be looking for a position in the new gov. look into midle easten thinking and psychy

    February 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  2. Ahmed El gibaly

    The sincerity in the words of Wael Ghonaim are moving and real. He offered an apology to the parents of the martyrs from his heart, despite not being responsible for it. Something Mobark himself never offered even his hands are covered with their blood.
    It is very simple we want Mobark and all his people out before we can move on with our life.

    Mobarak is responsible for all the chaos and even for the Bomb on the Alexandria Church on new year's eve.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm |