January 3rd, 2009
05:49 PM ET
6 years ago

Burris to meet with Reid, Durbin

Burris will meet with Senate Dem leaders Reid and Durbin Wednesday.
Burris will meet with Senate Dem leaders Reid and Durbin Wednesday.

(CNN) – A meeting has been scheduled between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin and Roland Burris, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s choice to succeed Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illinois, according to a Democratic source familiar with the discussions of Senate Democratic leaders.

The meeting was scheduled at Burris’s request and is tentatively set for Wednesday, according to this source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.


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  1. Tbone

    And another thing, the other congressional appointments are going virtually 100% to white Americans. Why aren't you alleging that those appointments are racial entitlements? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    January 3, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. tess

    go dems – let harry reid be the judge of the worthiness of the senate! it won't be long before their rating is near zero due to their lack of judgement, integrity, accomplishments and credibility! as a republican i can't tell you how much i am enjoying watching them get off to this brilliant start – does my heart good to see them falling apart in front of the whole world!!! they make bush look like a genius!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. Brent Scott

    I am from Illinois and believe that the correct thing to do is wait for a special election. yes, it may take a little more time and money but consider the fact that the Republicans fangs are dripping with eagerness. They want this seat and with all the corruption going on with our nasty governor, this could be just what they need to win an unexpected seat.

    January 3, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Mr E

    Please let the blackman seat , unless you tell America what he did wrong, I though change has come to America. Comon people........

    January 3, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. One vote

    Do not budge Reid!

    January 3, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. German,Irish American

    UH BB- You should check and see how Obama "earned' his first election. Due to a "Illinois legal technicality", Obama's oppositions names were removed from the ballot, thus making him the only candidate for the position. After several years of dismal and unachieving service in the Illinois legislature, "godfather" of Illinois politics, Emil Jones, was quoted as saying "I'm going to make me a Senator". Empty suit Barry Obama was his choice. Gov. Blagovitch is now demonstrating the normal flow and rise of politicions in Illinois. Obama's handlers and the brains behind the fluff are now bringing this unabashed corruption to the national level.

    January 3, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Rob

    Ah yes, lets grease the wheels further up the track.

    January 3, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. gregory james

    yep he need to shut his mouth if its true what he said about blacks and if he was on those tape ... he can not stop mr burris anyway. the governer is still the gov you get it you do not want to be like the bushes make up the rules as you go when there are all ready rules...

    January 3, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Sherrol in Canada

    @Perusing-Through January 3rd, 2009 8:14 pm ET

    THE PLOT THICKENS . . .

    Recent report has it that U.S. Senate Chairman & Democrat Harry Reid was also caught on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's wiretaps trying to pressure Gov. Rod Blagojevich 'NOT' to pick Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Congressman Danny Davis, and Illinois State Legislative Senate President Emil Jones (whom are all Black) to fill President-Elect Obama's U.S. Senate seat.
    -------------------------------–
    Do you have concrete proof of this, if so, this could really be explosive!!!!

    January 3, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Godluvr

    Democratic Leaders,

    We don't need more drama. Please don't spoil the historic event of 12009. Let the distinguished gentleman from Illinois please be seated. A party divided against itself cannot stand. The world is still watching.

    January 3, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Vietnam Vet

    Burris is being used as a pawn by Blago, he don't see it because he have no moral or Integrity ,if he did, he would have refused the appointment as the first congressman did. His only concern is about himself, one would think someone who has attained his age in life, would at least have some common judgment. When he arrive in DC, he should be shown the door with a swift kick in !!### along with Bobby Dumb #### Seal .

    January 3, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The republicon-appointed Attorney General, Fitzgerald, has created an avoidable political firestorm, with his POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED speech and arrest of Gov Blago. Why?

    Convicting Blago in the court of public opinion was dastardly.
    It was not legal. It was political grandstanding.

    Blago is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, and so is STILL the legal Govnor of Illinois.

    Harry Reid is a loser from Nevada; and he cannot accept that Illinoisans have not only elected and African American Senator; Illinoisans have sent an African American to the White House.

    Burris should be seated.
    Burris is getting more resistance from the white US Senate club than he would from crashing another kkk party. lol

    January 3, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. John Brown Abolitionist

    The republicon-appointed Attorney General, Fitzgerald, has created an avoidable political firestorm, with his POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED speech and arrest of Gov Blago. Why?

    Convicting Blago in the court of public opinion was dastardly.
    It was not legal. It was political grandstanding.

    Blago is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, and so is STILL the legal Govnor of Illinois.

    Harry Reid is a loser from Nevada; and he cannot accept that Illinoisans have not only elected and African American Senator; Illinoisans have sent an African American to the White House.

    Burris should be seated.
    Burris is getting more resistance from the white US Senate club than he would from crashing another kkk party. lol

    January 3, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. JON

    Reading TOODARKMARK it's not that 57 Senators don't want Burris it's 57 Senators don't want Blago making the pick. I hate to fight my party on this but Burris should be seated....it's the LAW and if we want to be the party that follows the LAW then we must approve the pick. I would have liked to see J.J.R. in that spot but we don't always get what we want. Reid is who I want to see go away as a DEM I feel he is the one that hurts our party every time he opens his mouth.

    January 3, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Zion

    BB, that's the reason why I believe he should be blocked. This was done purely based on race by Gov. Blago. BB, I'm not referring to you with this next comment, but I am so sick of people trying to act like now they're concerned about black voters. Look there are racists on the right and the left, with the Democrats and Republicans, you can't school black folks on racism. Remember that.

    January 3, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Tbone

    Uhhh, German Irish what state do you hail from that has pristine and ethical politics? Florida? Ohio? Alaska? I'm sure that everyone from your home state is fair and true. Give me a break.

    January 3, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Who was Mike Connell?

    Looks alot like the Roman Senate,only they used daggers.

    January 3, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Ms. Johnson and Anonymous, Blago tries to sell a Senate seat, it's caught on tape, and you try to blame the Republican appointed prosecutor. This is a self-inflicted Democratic fiasco. It's about time you realize that corruption knows no party lines. Fitzgerald acted when he did because if he waited Blago would have sold the seat. How much worse would that have been for IL and the country?

    January 3, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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