January 6th, 2009
11:32 AM ET
6 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. t

    Stop using the Race Card............................things has change and some still wants to live in the pass. This is a new season and hope
    hope is for everyone. Racism , free your mind and your as/ will follow.
    Jackson is just upset because of what has happen to him so he is
    passing the card.

    January 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    it is???? only by the racial alarmists like the Jacksons.... why is it that any problem, no matter what it's based on, becomes a "racial" issue for these people? GIMME A BREAK

    The Burris issue is a legal and ethical issue, not a racial issue. SHUT UP

    January 6, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. mark

    What isn't racial to this guy. The Jacksons will play the race card for the rest of their lives...it's pathetic

    January 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. KJL

    This guy, of all people, should just shut his mouth. Period. Or will we have to buy his silence?

    January 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. It's The Ronald

    Dude, that's so weak. It’s not about race. It’s about Blagojevich.

    January 6, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Stop the Madness!!

    The Governor of Illinois played a excellent hand – divert attention from his scandelous actions. He and his wife must be enjoying this moment at the expense of not only the citizens of Illinois, but the entire United States. We have achieved a great moment by electing the Barack Obama as our 44th President. You would think that Democrats would unify, but nooooooooooooo. Keep it together people!! Mr. Burris, please step aside and STOP this nonsense!

    January 6, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. J

    Racism. . . . .why is that always the claim when a black person is halted by a. regulation that is NOT in their favor??? The issue is the cloud of selling the seat. The people of ILL. should be holding an election instead of allowing anyone to be appointed. Perception, perception. Guilt or innocence will be proven later, but anyone with real integrity would NOT want to be appointed under such a cloud of impropriety. This has the least possible connection to racism; much like saying a cloud is white and fluffy or dark and stormy- or is it now racist to call the cloud white.? Now that Afro-Americans have ARRIVED, can we please stop with all the racist entitlement crap. We are all Americans, stop with hyphens. Or else start hyphenating everyone – that includes: Danish-Americans, Spanish-Americans; French-Americans; Dutch-Americans; Russian-Americans; Libyan-Americans; Chinese-Americans – - – - do I make my point. Just calling someone by their hyphen is showing racism since you are pointing out their DIFFERENCE from the rest of us.

    January 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Lucy Windy Chicago, IL

    There is nothing racial about this. After all Jesse White, Secretary of State that refuses to sign off on this is BLACK!!!!

    January 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Dude, race doesn't have anything to do with this......Our PE is against seating Burris . The race issue has little to do with this seat.....Let Burris put himself on the list just as you have Rep. Jackson. Then the best person will be choosen. I am 60 yrs old , whit guy who HAPPILY voted for Obama.........Change has come to America ACROSS THE BOARD AND TO ALL SPECTRUM's of the USA. Go Obama

    January 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Bryan

    Of course, this dupe doesn't explain HOW, or WHY this has even the SLIGHTEST resemblance or anything at all to do with racism. Just like a two year old who learns that a temper tantrum buys you your way, Jackson has learned that pulling out the race card at ANY TIME, for ANY REASON, no matter HOW ILLOGICAL or far fetched will get you what you want...hmmm, maybe even a senate seat yourself, eh Jackson? Like father like son. What a corrupt man.

    January 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. DannyRay 1950

    The last person who could possibly contribute anything of value to this debate is named Jesse Jackson, whether jr or sr.
    It does appear that due process was followed, and Burris should be the man, though. Not seating him would be the same as going back through and undoing everything the governor has done, because he might have been commiting a crime while doing his job.

    January 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Marilyn- Nashville

    Mr. Jackson consister what you have been through, why didn't you tell Mr. Burris what he should have know. Get his paperwork in order.

    Gov. Blagojevich sign the paper and the Sec. of State of Illinois Jesse White did not, now what does that tell you get the paperwork in order.

    Let's stop hollering Race ? Do what the consititution tell us to do and do it by the law that was made. Get your paperwork in order.

    January 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Nana5

    Like father/like son. these crybabies know nothing but to cry racism when things don't go their way. How 'bout – the best man for the job – whether he is black, white, red or yellow. Can't have it both ways – if you don't cry racism there won't be any.

    January 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Jae

    What ever happened to the notion that the most qualified people should be the ones to get elected and voted into office?

    January 6, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Tom

    I think it was the ex-Black Panther Bobby Rush who made this a racial issue from the onset. Jackson should be more concerned about he upcoming legal issues than getting more invovled with this. How much money did he offer Blago the Clown for the seat? Stop the Jackson family from continuing their strong arm tatics!!!

    January 6, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Jen

    I am soooo sick of Blacks throwing out the race card.. I havent even heard much on the race part of the reasons and such for either way of Burris situation... it all rest because a WHITE guy has been arrested and because of how he was to fill this seat brings alot of questions whether or not Burris isnt in if for the wrong reasons regardless someone else should make that judgement on who is right in that Seat not the Gov. He has lost all credibility at the moment.

    This is typical Jackson Clan!!

    January 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Chris in MI

    Mr. Burris has done nothing wrong. Seems like a good man. They should seat him and be grateful for his vote. Pelosi and Reid are behaving like bullies and this doesn't look good. I doubt that slimey Blagojevich got a dime for this selection. (but he needs to go to jail anyway!)

    January 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Rick

    Everything is racism to these people. If they can't get their way, cry racism.

    January 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. billy bob

    well well well..................so typical of JJ Jr. and all Dems. What do you expect? I mean if your undercover crooked then your fine but if everyone knows...................shame on you.

    January 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Jason

    Jesse jackson jr was the co-chairman of the obama campaign. This is not change you can believe in. What do the american people have to say about this who rejected a great man in McCain.

    January 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. NICK

    In the recent past, I had hopes for Jesse Jackson Jr. to raise above the racial issues ,so ofter raised by his dad... I'm sorry to say that it appears I was wrong. I guess the apple really does'nt fall far from the tree.

    January 6, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. FreeNLovIt

    I dont know what to make of it, but what does the law say about it? Burris has the right to go to Washington and the Senate has the right to do whatever the laws LET them do. So this is the result. Perhaps we should REWRITE laws concerning tainted officials.

    January 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Dave

    I think Jackson Jr. better keep his yap shut since he was was trying to buy the seat from Blagocrook. This has nothing to do with color yet these clowns are trying to link color to loosing the seat in 2010. The Dems are going to lose the seat, but it will be because of the the way they are handling the Blago circus.

    January 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Matt

    Jesse jr. Learn to shut up. You got caught trying to buy that Senate seat. And then tried to say you were a snitch for the FBI only the FBI never remembers that in order to try and cover it up. Your career is dead snitch. If people think Blagojevich is guilty then so are you. There is as much evidence against him as there is against you.

    January 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. justin

    I think Burris should have declined the Governor's appointment, he is a very strong candidate to get the seat. He should have just held off until the whole issue is sorted out. Everyone was VERY clear about not seating a Blago appointee long before a nominee was named so race is definately NOT an issue.

    January 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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