January 7th, 2009
01:07 PM ET
5 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. texasgreenacres

    burris is so self consumed he has no idea how foolish he looks.his only concern is self benifiting with no concern for rules and regulations.trying to by pas jump over. getting the position at any cost,no concern for the people he will be there to represent.his out look my way at any expense THIS JERK SHOULD BE SENT PACKING WE DON"T NEED HIS KIND OF GOVERNING

    January 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. kaydeedee

    The "God directed Blago to appoint me" comment and the bizarro resume-carved-on-a-marble-crypt-in-a-cemetery, I've concluded this guy is an egomaniac with a few screws loose. We're burdened with enough of those governing us already! Sheeesh...

    January 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Janice

    Joyce,

    Read the constitution – it is not voters choice. Its your govenors -

    January 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Dan

    I feel like everyone is taking crazy pills. We have recorded conversations of the Gov saying he is "selling the seat." How could anyone possibly want him to have control over who gets the seat? Everyone is saying that it is the law, well the law isn't always right. The law used to say that women couldn't vote, people realized it was wrong, and the law got changed. I propose a new law stating that any Gov who has been recorded offering to sell seats to the highest bidder shouldn't get to appoint senators. How about that law?

    January 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. JBNY

    I think it's time for a FULL SCALE REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This government needs to brought down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. carolflowery

    it doesnt matter what poll you take, legally, Burris should be seated, period. Maybe all you brilliant voters should study your law and the constitution and your great pres elect as well

    January 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. A. T.

    This is not about the majority of the country but that of the people of Illinois he is supposed to represent.

    January 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. AJAnderson

    Absolutely Burris should be seated. He obviously did not pay for the seat and IL governor, in appointing him, simply exercised his legal right to do so.

    Not to seat him is illegal and an abomination.

    January 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Larry

    It doesn't matter what people think. People don't know the law. Constitution clearly states that the executive gets to appoint. Well, that what happened, the executive appointed Burris.

    January 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. forrest kimbrough

    sounds like something out of karl rove's play book...republicans have gridlock down to a T and all this started from a bush appointee...fitzgerald who does'nt have a leg to stand on as far a case against anyone blago or burris

    January 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. David Newport, OR

    This is up to the people of Illinois...I would not have accepted the appointment...but I have morals. Chicago runs by different rules. But it is their choice.

    January 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Dutch

    Unless there is some suspicion against Burriss other than him being selected by a Crook, move on. Blago will be deservedly hung up by his Buster Browns, what a complete sack of goo!

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    I feel sorry for Burris: he won't be able to add the date of his senate tenure to his tomb: there are written the dates of all his political accomplishments (very important when his body will be six feet under......).

    Sic transit Gloria Mundi!

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Black Vulcan

    Michael Milken's a crook!

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Toni in Illinois

    Lydia writes :"Move on to whats more important." Lydia, if you lived in Illinois and had crooked politician after crooked politician foisted on you simply because there was a Democratic machine in your state, you wouldn't say "Move On" you would say "Enough is Enough" and don't let Burris take this tainted seat! I am sick of politicians walking all over the citizens of this state simply because they have the right connection – hell, Obama became Senator and 10 minutes later he was running for president – do you think he really did anything for the state of Illinois? It is time that the people of the state of Illinois get a fair shake and get someone in office who is there to help the citizens and not just grab a title (which, if you knew anything about Burris he has been trying to get a title for years!)

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. moderatejoe

    Seat Burris, he unlike Caroline Kennedy has experience.

    Its unfortunate that his selection is tainted by the hair club for men governor. The real question is when does Gov Blago start to sing about the Chicago Democratic Machine; how is he tied to Rezko, Axelrod, Jarret and Rhamn?....this wont be pretty.

    January 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. You have to laugh

    Were arguing about this guy,while Paulson and his gang pack their suitcases full of cash and ready their getaway.

    January 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. rodlang

    The law is on the side of Burris and Blago. The dems should have called for a special election to eliminate any controversy or "taint". But they were afraid they might lose the seat. If this goes to court, Burris wins.

    January 7, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Matt

    haha...too bad for the GOP...lord knows they wanted to make the Dems look bad for refusing to seat him, but this poll shows that irrespective of the legalities, the public supports the decision made by the Dems

    January 7, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Sen. Burris

    So while Pres. Clinton was being impeached nothing he did counted?

    January 7, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. MD

    Who cares about national polls in a Senate race (other than Caroline Kennedy I suppose).

    If doesn't matter what anyone outside of Illinois thinks about this.

    It also doesn't matter what Harry Reid thinks either. Blago is NOT UNDER impeachment proceedings (Bill Clinton made appointments during his) and the US Constitution gives Blago the right to make the appointment.

    The ONLY requirements for a US Senator are that he/she be over 35 and a resident of the state. If there were ethics, intelligence or morality requirements, we would have a different Majority Leader.

    January 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Older and Wiser

    Who cares if it looks like this Burris guy paid Blago for the Senate seat? The appointment was legal and Burris should get what it looks like he paid for.

    January 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Craig

    I agree with several people on here. Illinois should have a special election given the current circumstances. Blago did this to get the some of the spotlight off of him. I think from seeing his "resume" , Burris is just looking to be the only black guy in senate. He is doing this for race. Otherwise he probably would have not accepted the appointment. His ego is so big and out of whack that he doesn't realize what a problem this is causing. He is alienating members of the senate. I really really feel sorry for Illinois right now. To possibly be represented by a person like this. Hopefully by the next election (if he is seated) we shall all what a fool Burris is.

    January 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Allie

    Unfortunately it doesn't matter if a majority of Americans don't think he should be seated- the lawmakers will do what they want anyway.

    January 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Sushim Mukerji

    When the law was made that the governor have the privelege of "selecting" the senator there was no condition if he/she is a likable person or if he/she is a suspected crook. What about the "selection criteria" of Caroline Kennedy, huh! Hardly ever voted, no political experience, but her name is Kennedy.

    January 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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