Saturday, December 16, 2006
Governor gives support to Senator Tim Johnson
Governor Michael Rounds of South Dakota
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., was in critical condition Saturday and resting from brain surgery. In South Dakota, governer Rounds said people were standing behind the stricken lawmaker and he urged patience during Johnson's recovery.
Rounds said Saturday it was not appropriate to talk about the Senate's balance of power changing with the possible appointment of a Republican if Johnson's seat were to become vacant.
There is ample precedent for senators to continue to hold office while incapacitated. Unless Johnson's seat is vacated by his death or resignation, Democrats would retain the majority.