WASHINGTON (CNN) – Illinois Senate Appointee Roland Burris doesn’t give up easily. Burris came to Capitol Hill Tuesday in order to be sworn in as Illinois' junior senator. Instead, Burris and his advisers ended up having a short meeting with several Senate officials.
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A senior Democratic aide tells CNN that Burris, his lawyers, and other advisers had an “extremely gracious” meeting with Senate Secretary Nancy Erickson, the Senate’s General Counsel, the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms, two Senate parliamentarians, and two aides to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.
During the meeting Erickson “explained to Mr. Burris and his counsel directly the reasons his certificate [of appointment to the Senate] did not comply with Senate Rule II,” according to a press release from Erickson’s office issued Tuesday evening. At the meeting Burris was also informed that “the Senate could refer the matter to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.”
The meeting lasted 10-15 minutes, according to a senior Democratic aide who was present at the gathering.
The day before, Erickson rejecteda certificate of appointment for Burris signed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett and CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.