January 6th, 2009
07:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Burris' unpunched ticket to replace Obama

Roland Burris held spoke briefly in the shadow of the Capitol after being informed that his appointment certificate was invalid under Senate Rules.

Roland Burris held spoke briefly in the shadow of the Capitol after being informed that his appointment certificate was invalid under Senate Rules.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Roland Burris was turned away from the Senate floor Tuesday as he sought to be sworn-in as the junior senator from Illinois, because the Secretary of the Senate said his certificate was not valid.

Why is the certificate not valid?

Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson said that since it did not have the Illinois state seal or the Illinois Secretary of State's signature it did "not comply" with Senate rules, in a statement she released after meeting with Burris Tuesday morning.

The certificate was presented to Erickson on Monday by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, and she retained the original copy.

Senate Democratic leaders oppose Burris' appointment to serve the remaining two years of President-elect Barack Obama's Senate term because they say Blagojevich, who is being investigated for allegedly trying to sell Obama's seat, should not be choosing the next senator.

Still, Blagojevich signed the paperwork and sent Burris to Washington. Burris meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senate Majority Leader Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, Wednesday to discuss the matter.

Click here to see Burris' Certificate of Appointment to the Senate

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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. MorningStar

    Mr. Harry Reid is making a mistake. This man will be seated!

    January 6, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Quick! AL Franken go to IL and have ACORN stuff ballot box. Count votes till your ahead. The democrat controlled state will decleare you the winner!

    January 6, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Texas Teacher

    And why do we care what Blago wants?

    I feel sorry for Burris... but he should be man enough to take it on the chin and go home! When there is someone who is worthy of naming someone, then we should see what we see... If Burris is a good man, then he could very well be vetted for the seat! Until then I am against it..... or hey, let the people ! And, hey, let the people VOTE!

    January 6, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Burris is in--- idiots-----

    The deal was made last month that if Blago appointed a black to the Senate seat, Obama would pardon him at the appropriate time-

    Watch Burris take his seat this week and you'll understand how the people of Illinois were hoodwinked-

    January 6, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Please just seat him and put this to bed. It's gone on too long as it is. We have much bigger fish to fry than this. Mr. Burris didn't do anything wrong and it sound like it is a legal appointment. Gov. Blagojevich was still in office when he appointed him. Just let it go already.

    January 6, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. sani kache

    Burris didn't do the right thing. He shouldn't have accepted the appointment, period.

    January 6, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Fed-Up in Alaska

    Burris is obviously another opportunistic LOSER!! Having said that, does it really make any difference anymore? Within my own state, Lisa Murkowski was "appointed" to the US Senate by good old dad Frank who had won the governorship and was allowed to do so. The same people that are questioning the LOSER Burris should have also questioned the "credentials" of Little Lisa. The CANCER has spread way too far! in the U.S. We have become the same corrupt system that our forefathers came to America to get away from.

    January 6, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Julio

    What do the Democrats have against a black senator?

    January 6, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Francisco Cardenas

    I agree with Senator Diane Feinstein of Califonia ... seat him already and stop the dog and pony show.

    January 6, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. bbillinois

    I just cannot respect someone who loves himself so much that he named his kids Roland JR. and Rolanda. Just what we need, another big-headed politician

    January 6, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Carol

    Blagovich your crimminal activity in using the Senate seat nomination to assist you in
    getting money and now getting off free of any charges in a court, thus it is still using the Senate seat as an asset you using for your personal gain. You don't want the cash anymore because your personal freedon from is more valuable at this moment. Your lawyers are assiting you in the crime. Use the Senate seat to set you free.

    The value may have changed from money to your personal freedom, but you are still using the Senate nomination as your personal asset, a get out of jail card. So you still sold the seat for a price. You are still a criminal.

    Buriss don't participate in this crime. You are better than current price Blogovich is trying to get us to pay.

    January 6, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. lol

    mr. burris did nothing wrong! he is caught in the crossfire of the dirty chicago political machine. whatever you thing of "dirty" blago, he made a qualified pick, according the the law. very racist how reid is on tape, dissing the other two african american candidates that blago was interested in naming to fill the seat. sen finestein is the voice of reason in wanting to seat mr. burris, hopefully other democrats will follow her lead!

    January 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Stephen

    How can Harry Reid and Dick Durbin both be Senate Majority Leader?

    January 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. deb

    Why is it about race? Considering, erm...Obama isn't exactly china white; why is it about race? it is simply about his, being Blago, possible criminal actions in the very arena this man, being Burris is being seated. Thats why, jeez always race.......I respected Burris before and i agree w/ Sani post; he should have waited.

    January 6, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. j

    It sounds to me like Burris needs to get the paperwork completed in Illinois before he's seated. I think he will be seated, no matter how tainted the appointment. It remains to be seen whether he can actually win the election in 2010.

    January 6, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Joe Green

    Burris is a nobody, despite the news media calling him a great politican. He served two terms in Illinois more than a decade ago. Since then? Gadfly runs for office a la Ralph Nader.

    He is being used as a tool by Blogoyavich for some nefarious purpose, perhaps to distract us all from the real issues.

    Illinois can do better than this has-been political hack who is only famous on his own tomb.

    January 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. virginia for obama

    Why is everybody saying Burris is a good man. I beg the differ. As an African American myself I can tell when somebody is playing the RACE CARD and knows very well what hes doing and it STINKS. If he was so honorable he would have never accepted this tainted nomination.

    RUSH needs to shut up and go back to the 60's where he belongs so that the rest of us can move forward into the 21st century.

    These two scumbags is putting Black people back 40 years.

    January 6, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. stacy

    I think that there is too much interference by the Democratic party bosses as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. As much as we may not care for Gov. Blagojevich, Burris appointment is constitutional. No doubt that Blagojevich is one among many politicians who have paid to play. Enough of the hypocrisy in DC!

    January 6, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Jeff From Jersey

    I saw on the news that Burris was complaining it was nothing more than politics.


    That pretty much sums up his intelligence for me.

    January 6, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Antonio from ILLINOIS

    The legislature failed to call a special election in Illinois to replace Obama because the Democrats risk losing the seat to Republicans, and I'm sure Reid and Durbin were on board with this.

    Did they really expect Rod not to go ahead and exercise his duty as Governor? He has gone back to work as usual, and appointing someone to the senate is a part of his work.

    This is typical corrupt-partisan Illinois (and national) politics.

    January 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Betty, Virginia

    I don't believe this man should be seated. Frankly I'd like to see a full investigation of his connections with Blago. Also all this talk about seating a black person is reverse discrimination as far as I can see. Since the congress is involved let the federal government run an election and let the people of Illinois choose who they want to represent them.

    Burris kind of reminds me of McCain – age being a factor – it's now or never....

    January 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Albo58

    Burris proved his arrogant greed by accepting this tainted nomination from a thug like Blago and deserves nothing but contempt from honorable people! Of course, knowing Harry Reid and the other jellyfish of the Democrat Party, Mr. Burress will eventually be seated because these worms don't want to hurt the feelings of those poor "victims" in the NAACP, Black National Caucus, and other racist and extortionist groups like them!

    January 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. bill for barack

    He's not appointed until he's been certified – and he hasn't been.
    He seems lost – a pathetic little senile man who needs someone to take him back home.

    January 6, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Ed

    What a pittiful performance by arrogant Democrats. Ried should be forced to step down if he illegally prevents Burris from taking his rightful seat.

    Must be that Burris has yet to offer enough cash to Ried for the seat.

    January 6, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Meka

    Bill Richardson, handled his situation very well. Burris on the other hand !

    January 6, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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