This always struck me as going against the will of the voters and the spirit of the democracy.
Today, Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) died after battling leukemia since November. From CNN.com, here is the way Wyoming deals with succession.
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, will be responsible for choosing someone to replace Thomas. The seat, however, will not switch parties because, under state law, Freudenthal is required to pick a new senator from a list of three candidates submitted by the Republican state central committee.Maybe it's time for Connecticut's legislature to craft a succession plan that would be more in line with Wyoming's policy.
"If Thomas should die or resign, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, would name a replacement who would serve until a successor can be chosen in a November 2008 special election," another news source said.