January 6th, 2009
11:32 AM ET
5 years ago

Jackson Jr. warns Burris controversy becoming 'racialized'

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. had been mentioned as a possible Senate replacement for Obama.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. had been mentioned as a possible Senate replacement for Obama.

(CNN) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told CNN Tuesday that Roland Burris's "credentials are in order. There is a strong constitutional and legal case for his seating.

"The longer this process takes the more racialized this seat becomes and the more difficult it becomes for Democrats to hold it in 2010," said Jackson, who said he has not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or senior Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin about the seating of Burris.


Filed under: Jesse Jackson Jr. • Roland Burris
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Brad in IL

    There is nothing racial about this situation. Burris could be purple and, as an IL Democrat, I would STILL not support him. Anyone, regardless of color, who is nominated by our corrupt governor is tainted.

    Get over it Jesse... this has NOTHING to do with race!!!

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Barb

    With the swearing in of a Black president only days away.......and he wants to cry Racism? Does this seat absolutely have to go to a Black person?? Maybe that's why some feel Hillarys seat must go to a White Female. Strange!!

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jesse's just upset that his wasn't the winning bid for the job.

    January 6, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Joe in NJ

    Just like your father – trying to make a racial issue out of everything.

    January 6, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. rumpusgoopus

    In that case, Blogo's scheme is working.

    January 6, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Sherrol in Canada

    ......and we should care about what Jesse Jr says......Why?

    January 6, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Deborah

    Get a clue. Why is this the first cry of some African Americans? Aren't you interested in putting racism behind us and just let us all be people? This has nothing to do with race, so don't be the one to stir the pot by making it that way, Jr. Please try to rise above all that and just do your own job, the one your were elected to do.

    January 6, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. LR

    This is not a race issue! Whoever the corrupt governor appointed would be kicked out of the Senate. Even Obama doesn't want him there!

    January 6, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Joe in MN

    It's not about Burris. It's about leadership. We will not recognize the legitimacy of flawed leadership by accepting any appointment made by Blag. It's that simple.

    January 6, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. GET REAL.

    Look, conservatives, your only hope now is to do the same thing that some religious leaders have done: downplay the religions, emphasize the god. They realized that if they could get the morals and the basic ideas through, they could kill the corrupt views that others had ascribed.

    Get back to the basics of the conservative POLITICAL stance. Let the other zealousness go and keep focused. You'll lose your party otherwise, because you're not going to gain any new followers with the drivel you spout now. Get updated or bye bye.

    PS – I'm an agnostic and I'm liberal, so who cares what I think, right? Just know that if you get back to basics, liberals may even respect you when they disagree with you. I hope CNN respects me by posting this...

    January 6, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. JWa

    Here we go again. "racialized ". Can't people do anything without tossing the race issue out there. It is getting old. Before the bashers start, I am black and getting sick of it.

    January 6, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. a new year

    if this proves to be racial, it could hurt the democratic party, the law is on burris's side, seat him.

    January 6, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. BB

    Oh goody – another one chiming in. Who's next?

    January 6, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. NYDEM

    Of course it is racial. Look at Harry Reid and the Democratic leadership. Now that Obama has been kicked upstairs, Reid and the other Democrats want to lock the door to their privileged racially-pure club.

    January 6, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    Donkeys, forgive and forget and move on. Let Burris stay. Why cant you be as forgiven as Bush and Cheney?

    January 6, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. karen-phoenix

    Jesse is right! Impeace Blago and redo Burris under a the new Govenor.

    January 6, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Mari

    Sorry, Jesse Jr., I disagree......... this IS NOT about race! IT IS about the Blagojevich investigation and crime. No one should accept this senate seat. There should be a special election held, that would be the democratic way.

    When Blagojevich wanted to sell the seat, he lost the right to appoint someone!

    January 6, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. RJ-Ga

    The only thing one has to remember is Ted Stevens from Alaska, had he won his re-election, he would have been seated even though under indictment. Why has Harry Reid and Senate Democrats choosen this hill to die on ? This is typical Democrat behavior after winning landside victories in recent elections to turn around and slap the hands that gave them victory ! This is not Rocket science Harry, let the courts sort it out ! Go after the oil companies who are sitting on huge profits and planning to raise prices based on the economic stimulas plan for the economy !!!

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. David Ferguson

    Why is it anytime a Jackson gets involved in something, they usually cry "Racism"! first? People have said TIME AND AGAIN that this is not about the man appointed, but about the man who appointed him. Given the charges against the Governor, it wouldn't matter WHO he chose, white, black, hispanic, etc. It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that he chose Burris intentionally BECAUSE he is black to try and cause as much difficulty as he possibly can because the feds dared to arrest him because he KNEW this kind of hub bub would surface.

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Michael in San Diego

    What stupid comments... There's nothing "racialized" about the failure to seat Burris. Even Obama disagreed with seating someone who was appointed by a process which is currently under investigation. The only person making any mention of race is Jackson and that's not surprising when you consider who his father is. Their whole family legacy is based on race-baiting. It's a shame the illegal actions of the Governor aren't being cited as an issue but instead, once again, distracted by racism. As an African-American myself, I'm angered by comments such as these. They do a serious injustice to any "true" acts of racism that may exist by constantly "crying wolf" over baseless non-issues such as this. Let me be clear, there will always be some pockets of racism (from both Black and White people) but I'm sorry Jacko this just ain't it!

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Patricia in Las Vegas

    You need to hire a proofreader. Senior is spelled incorrectly.

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. john

    Another corrupt jesse jackson, another playing of the race card.

    I hate Illinois politics.

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Jayjay

    Why is it that whenever a controversial situation arises involving African Americans, in a nano second they're using words like "racial," "Lynching," and "hanging." I guess they think if they use these words they'll win the argument!

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. a REAL American

    Please.... in your eyes, everything is racialized! The majority of Americans believe otherwise!

    January 6, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Tom

    Does everything have to be racial when a Jackson comments on it? Look at the his Reverand father and his sidekick Reverand Sharpton, talk about 2 of the biggest racists in the country. Obvioulsy the credentials were not signed by the other required person from the state of Illinois, making them invalid. Myabe Representative Jackson Jr. should worry more about doing his job for the people he is representing than making false accusations.

    January 6, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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