January 7th, 2009
01:07 PM ET
9 years ago

Majority say Burris shouldn't be seated

Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris makes his way to the Capitol on Tuesday.

Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris makes his way to the Capitol on Tuesday.

(CNN) - As Roland Burris gets set to press the Senate Democratic leadership to formally seat him in the chamber Wednesday, a new national poll shows the majority of Americans think the former Illinois attorney general should be blocked from serving.

According to a new USA/Today Gallup poll, 52 percent of Americans think President-elect Barack Obama's successor should instead be decided by a special election, while 23 percent think the second Illinois senate seat should remain open until the charges surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are resolved.

Only 16 percent said Burris should currently be allowed to assume the seat.

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soundoff (363 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    If it's 52 percent how can this be mostly republicans? The majority now are democrats Gary, haven't you been reading about the political shift and paying attention to the last few elections? This guy is a fraud and anybody with a brain can see this was a calculated pick to bring disarray to the democratic party, which it has. Burris is a fool that cares only about himself. Haven't we had enough of people like this?

    January 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Michael

    Not a slow guy..........just needs to work on his public appearance and posture

    January 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Tallman from Illinois

    Its not about race. Jesse White the Illinois Secretary of State who refuses to sign the certificate is black. Time will sort things out. We in Illinois have a legacy of corruption, of our last eight governors 3 have gone to prison, with the forth possibly heading there.

    January 7, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Troy Estes

    One question is not being ask. Why would someone want a seat in senate that is awarded by a Gov. under suspicion of such criminal activity. Also, right after the whole controversy began, Burris claimed Racism which really made me angry. Is "Cause I'm Black" going to be the persuasive argument that seats this obvious racist?. If Obama really wants to be a leader he should denounce such racist claims by a man that obivously only wants controversy, or publicity. A real man of integrity would not want anything to do with the "tainted Gov", much less a senate seat awarded by him. Lets just put the seat on E-bay for gods sake.

    January 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Judgment call

    It's not that Burris is a bad guy or unqualified. We really don't know much about him. The real issue is Burris demonstrated incredibly poor judgement by accepting the appointment from govenor Blagojevich. Based on the one decision I've seen him make, he's not fit to be a US Senator. We need someone who can help get this country going again and not a self serving opportunist like Burris.

    January 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. THis person

    They should let him be senator till they come to a ruling on Blagojevich. If guilty, Burris can prove he didn't try to buy the seat. If not guilty, burris can take the seat with no questions.

    January 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Bette Johnson

    For Ken in Dallas: You're so right. Ignorance of the law (which includes decisions of the past) and just plain ignorance is the reason The Lord and Savior Obomber is going into the White House in just a few days. The democrats favor people like that because they can be so easily controlled with words (you know, pretty speeches, smiles, etc).

    January 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Kristen

    Let's make a deal. We, the voters of Illinois, will refrain from telling the Minnesotans that are electing Al Franken as Senator, and the New Yorkers who can't even get their Govenor to appoint an overly connected and underqualified candidate, how to run their states and you will all BACK OFF! Illinois law is what will determine who our Senator is (Roland Burris) not the opinions of people that won't be represented by him. The choice has been made, Jesse White does NOT need to sign off on it and Reid better let him in. It's a new year and we have vacation time. I think that it is time to go to Washington and demand that the hypocritical Senators from other states get off their high horses and seat our Senator.

    January 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. President Obama

    For me, it is so blatantly obvious that he wants the position more than life itself. I don't think it is politically healthy to be so anxious. Also, I would think there are others who should be considered.

    January 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Dick Bloom

    Allowing a senator appointed by a governor accused of a felony in relation to that appointment must be one of the dumbest acts ever committed by the US Senate.

    January 7, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. TJ Johnson

    Isn't this funny watching the democrats eat their own? Some unity Obama brought to DC.

    January 7, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Gabby from Illinois

    CNN, as well as the rest of the media and the Senate, are being LAUGHED at by our crooked and sleazy Governor. He's now put the show over to the Senate Building and away from himself and you're all falling for it. Don't let yourself be controlled by this scum-bag. Put your spot light back on Blagojavich so he can't hide in the dark corners. And for goodness sake, cut those puppet strings that he is using to control you. BLAGO MUST GO!

    January 7, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Dick Bloom

    Allowing a senator appointed by a governor accused of a felony in relation to that appointment to sit in the Senate must be one of the dumbest acts ever committed by the US Senate. (revision of above)

    January 7, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Irritated in Fl

    This is about race. CNN won't post my comments but then again CNN is so Pro Obama they can't see the forrest for the trees. The "race card". being played over and over, and over....again.

    January 7, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. George

    I do not thing that Mr. Burris should or should not be seated at the Senate. Knowing where his nomination comes from he should DECLINE from being seated. It would give him credibility which at this point a good portion of the populations is questioning.

    January 7, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. political junkie

    Don't know anything about Burris – BUT – because the
    guy who appointed him made such a big deal of
    'selling' the seat – or getting something out of it –
    it just makes you suspicious as to WHY Blago
    chose him – THAT is what I would want to find out!

    January 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. SNAPPA

    Why do they always bring race into something that has nothing to do with the issue? This appointment is TAINTED pure and simple. Why can"t they simply wait until the Gov is impeached or convicted or cleared of the charges. Why is Burris pushing this so hard, because he ran for the senate 3 times and lost and this is the only way he can get in.

    The senate should simply put a hold on the appointment and wait it out and Burris should understand the issue if he's going to be a senator.

    January 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I'd like to see a special election. The IL Dems smell so bad right now that it would be a Republican cake walk.

    January 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. mmm

    legally, it looks like burris should be seated, but this man has lost his moral sense in accepting an appoinment made by a tainted governor. Morally speaking, nobody should accept blagos appointment. Burris may be very well qualified, but it looks like even a third grader has a better moral sense than he has.

    January 7, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. David in San Diego

    Now that the Dem's are in power they have an example to set. This is a great way to do it. Fighting among themselves. I agree with those from Illinois. It is there issue and they should agree on the course of action. Although I wonder about a man that is pompous enough to create his own headstone. Oh well thats Illinois's problem. They have thier hands full already with Sen "Turbin" Durbin.

    January 7, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Robin

    Any Senate appointment by Blago at this point should be viewed as illegitimate, this is why Burris should not be seated until this matter with the governor is resolved.

    January 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Lisa

    They should have seen this coming! Unfortunatly the people of Illinois have no recourse from this mess that our crooked Govenor has put us in. Burris is an egotistical" has been "and he knows he will never get re-elected in 2010. The arrogance he portrays in his speeches as he pats himself on the back is sickening. Shame on the Democrats for letting this turn of events happen. I know how I will be voting in 2010.

    January 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Eric Brown

    I agree with many others. Who cares what American's think Illinoisians should do about their representatives? The rule of law must be followed and this is why Peter Fitzgerald should never have compromised his investigation without having ALL that would've been necessary to obtain an indictment of the governor. If he had Blago on record, then he should've let him go ahead with the "sale" of the seat and notified Secretary of State Jesse White and the public prior to certification that the appointment was illegal; if in fact it would've been.

    January 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. garden gal from illinois

    Enough already with the outstanding politician phrase to describe Mr. Burris, in Illinois that phrase is an oxymoron. He may have served the state as the Comptroller and AG, but that was so long ago...and he has not been able to gain office since. The voters of Illinois have repeatedly gone to the polls and have not elected him to the various offices he has vied for. Good grief! when his name was announced I had to Google him to see if he was still alive. He should not be allowed in the Senate.

    January 7, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Bill

    I think it is a problem for Illinois to tackle. It doesn't really matter nationally. Burris will have to stqnd for election in two years and the people of Illinois can decide. The problem is that the Ilinois constitution does not provide for a special election like many other states. I think the people of Illinois need to decide if they want to change that provision in light of the mischief that has developed with the appointing process.

    January 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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