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Six Republicans who think voters should not choose their own Senators

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    There are at least 6 Republicans who are in favor of abolishing the 17th amendment, the amendment guaranteeing that voters elect their own senators.

    The list of Republicans include three GOP senate candidates, one GOP governor, one Republican senator AND, get this, a Supreme Court justice!
    The Republicans are: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock, Missouri Senate Candidate Rep. Todd Akin, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Sen. Mike Lee, and Justice Antonin Scalia.

    Prior to the Seventeenth Amendment’s ratification, the Constitution provided for senators to be selected by state legislatures, a system that was abandoned after it led to rampant and blatant corruption, letting corporations and other moneyed interests effectively buy U.S. Senators. How could these guys justify this way of thinking? Any thoughts?

    Here's the article, detailing some of their thoughts and reasoning, but I still don't really understand or agree with them:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/13/681881/six-top-republicans-who-think-voters-should-not-be-able-to-choose-their-own-senators/