January 3rd, 2009
10:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Friend says Burris is heading to DC next week

 Roland Burris, right, says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of him is legal.

Roland Burris, right, says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of him is legal.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A clash over the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama will intensify next week on Capitol Hill when Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill that seat arrives in Washington.

A longtime friend and confidant of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris said late Friday that Burris will be in Washington Monday night and hopes to be seated in the Senate the next day.

That puts him on a collision course with members of the Senate Democratic majority, who have vowed to prevent Burris from taking the seat. At issue: a federal prosecutor's charge that Blagojevich had hoped to barter the Senate seat for either money or influence.

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  1. max (NY)

    To all of you who are backing Mr. Burris' going to Washington, shame on you, Hipocrites and opportunists. With people like you alive, justice will never find a reason to be and corruption will prevail. Before Blagojevich appointed Burris, we all were angry at him and we agreed with the decision that was taken to empeach him and reject any choice he would endorse for the senate seat. He broke the trust of the people, he is a crook, a disloyal and dishonest politician, an idiot, his action is vile. The best way to discourage this idiot and force him to resign was that everybody would, after he got caught trying to sell the seat, refuse his offer. But as long as he finds another selfish idiot to accept his offer, he finds the strength and more audacity to fight and defend his ugliness. How can Burris be still called a good person, when he is giving leg to a crook to remain in power unless he is claiming what he has paid for. Let him and Blago go to hell.

    January 3, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Mike

    The Illinois legislature empowers the Governor to make the appointment. From the 17th Ammendment:

    "When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of each State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct."

    The Illinois legislature did not act to block the Governor's appointment, however they could still do so after the fact if they consider the Governor unfit for making this selection. If they remain silent then in effect the Illinois legislature has appointed Burris. The power to seat or unseat a candidate does not reside in the Senate. This is as intended so that other States cannot interfere with a Senate appointment.

    That being said, I disagree with the notion that Illinois needed tan African American to fill the seat left by Obama. Since when did race become a qualification to be a States representative in the Senate? This was an overall terrible appointment for Illinois.

    January 3, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Who was Mike Connell?

    Blago has a lot in common with Monika Lewinsky.

    January 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. CHANGE.COM

    What is leag is not necessarily morally right. In this case, Blagojevich may have the legal right as a governor to make the appointment, but it doesn't make the appointment right. Burries is a fool and has allowed himself to be used. What a 71-year-old fool who is more concerend with power than doing what is right.

    January 3, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Elly

    who would want to be picked by the crook Blagojevich anyway!!!!
    I would think it would reflect badly on you if you were picked by this
    scumbag crook
    chicago needs to dump Blago and soon before he makes anymore sly moves

    January 3, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Barbara

    I have to question Burris' honor. With the situation as it stands, Blogojevich having been arrested under numerous ethical violations, why would an honorable candidate for the Senate accept an appointment from Blogojevich? Burris says it is because the people of Illinios need full representation. But Burris, having been appointed by Blogojevich, will always be under a cloud of suspicion and will never be able to give the people of Illinois the untainted representation they deserve. Is this appointment really about representing the people of illinois, or is it about Mr. Burris' aspirations?

    January 3, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Blago and everyone who decides to tag along may have a little legal air to survive ,but putting up a fight was the biggest mistake.

    You may steal a little spotlight but you have been politically death sentenced by the party.That will have consequences going beyond your grandchildren.

    Blago ,Burris and everyone else tagging along ...be ware ... you are done for, you know it you politicians ... the party was extremely soft on Lieberman (but we all know Lieberman is done for ).

    The party wil not change their mind because they need to send out a signal out to other political extortionists that are still roaming about.

    January 3, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Janey

    And where is the Great Leader, B Obama during all this turmoil and the worst scandal of the election? Enjoying his photo-ops and calling the press to watch his family vacation in the beautiful Hawaii?!

    January 3, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Blago has NOT been convicted of anything...yet, and is still a sitting govenor as well. He, as a sitting govenor has the right to appoint who he wants. Until Blagojevich has been convicted of a crime he is presumed to be innocent. Also he has not been impeached either.

    I personally find him to be just another smarmy Chicago politician, and would like to see him facing charges as well he wll!!!

    Now is the time for clean, honest politics everywhere...Even IL

    January 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. liz

    Burris should not have accepted the post. like stated; he is qualified for the post and I'm sure the Governor Blagojevich called him prior to announcing his appointment.
    Burris could have told the Governor Blagojevich to wait and let the water clear.
    Since he is "qualify", he will still get the nomination regardless

    January 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Mary/Michigan

    "Proud American" must have stolen his byline from Michelle Obama . Is he/she also FINALLY proud of his/her country?

    January 3, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Sherrol in Canada

    Lights, camera, aaaaction!!!

    January 3, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Will, NJ

    How stupid would someone have to be to accept an appointment to that seat? Thank you, Mr. Burris, you've just shown me.

    January 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. David Newport, OR

    me me me me me me me...it's all about me. Why is it so difficult to do what is best for the country? Politicians no longer care about us. I think it is time to get rid of them all.

    January 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. gregg45

    good luck sir...and let the hate b over

    January 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Whether Burris is legally appointed is not the issue, it's about the integrity of the democrat party tainted by Blago. STOP HIM NOW.

    January 3, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Tim

    I love circus music.

    January 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Frank Devenough

    Burris was legally appointed. But what does that matter with Reid and those Dem jerks in the Senate? Reid actually thinks he can control state laws and appointments. I hope you Black democrats are watching? See, the democrats don't love you as much as you thought... If this had been a White "star" like Caroline Kennedy, there would not be any resistance by the dem senators.

    January 3, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. David

    Good for him. He is the legitimate selection. The governor made the pick and he is innocent until proven guilty.

    January 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Mike in Texas

    Burris should NOT be seated at all, and should automatically be disqualified from any future consideration. That man is a shameful opportunist and we don't need someone like that in the US Senate. His history is full of mediocre performances, so I say he is not even fully qualified to be senator as some folks here seem to be believe. Besides, he 71 years old, folks. We can do much better than this!

    January 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Dan

    Blago played Burris's 'Senator' fantasy to his own good.. he will successfully deflect the attention to the Senate drama on Monday.. while that may last for 2 weeks, Blago is not off the hook and will be nailed.. probably his broker wife too who seems a Jackle and Hyde type (much worse than Blag..)

    January 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Who was Mike Connell?

    Blago didnt know thay could listen to his cell phone even if it is shut off.

    January 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Conservative Democrat in Miami

    I smell a rat!!!!!

    January 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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