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. LYNETTE IN CA

    I am in total agreement! The people of Illinois are going through enough with a tainted Gov. and seating Burris in this Sen. seat would be fatal! If the people of Illinois don't want him, then he shouldn't get the seat. End of story!

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. pk49

    Since when do CNN polls become the law???!!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Roland Burris is the puppet, and Blago is the puppetmaster. It's sad that Burris doesn't see that.

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. mugs

    Since when did the nation and the national media start selecting US Senators?

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. john from IL

    Burris is the typical hack politician from IL. He runs in every election and for every job, yet he can't get elected. chicago television reported he contributed $20,000 to Blago and then gets a $150,000 state contract. Now he gets the appointment. This is politics as usual in Illinois.
    The next interesting thing to watch for is whether the Barack will allow the present US Attorney in Chicago to remain and continue the investigation or if he will replace him.

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. RTB

    Mr. Burris is a disgrace. The debacle he has brought upon the himself and the rest of Senate is very revealing about his character. Gov. Blago. is playing Burris as a chump. The ego maniac Burris needs a whole lot of therapy.

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Chuckl

    I hate to shock CNN but the Illinois legislature defeated the special election!!!! CNN ought to read its own reports instead of coming out with racially motivated reports.

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Jan

    who in the world are you polling.\, CNN? Everyone anybody know says this is legal and should go t hrough. Since when can the senate change the rules in midstream?

    January 7, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Chicago Girl

    Roland Burris called for Blago's resignation right after he was arrested. Why would he accept an appointment for someone he didn't believe should continue to serve as governor? Burris' intentions are suspect. The voters of Illinois have rejected Burris on several occasions. I wish he would have had enough dignity to turn down the appointment. It's a shame that he may be forced on us as senator.

    January 7, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. SP

    Didn't Obama say that Burris shouldn't be senator?

    January 7, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Mike

    who cares? How is a poll relevant to this issue? Isn't the law what is relevant?

    January 7, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Kenneth

    Based simply on the facts then Burris should be seated. The governor selects the replacement and since Blagojevich has not been indicted and is actively performing the duties of governor then the appointment is legit. Senator Burris' credentials were in order and did not require any further signatures in accordance with the Illinois state government. This decision has nothing to do with race and anyone who believes so is delusional. The only racism comes from Blagojevich because he hoped his selection of a minority in good standing would place the Senate in a compromising position. Since there are those in the Senate dead set against appointing ANYONE that Blagojevich appoints then they are playing right into Blagojevich's hand. If the Senate continues on the path they are on and finding reasons to deny the appointment then racism can be viewed as a possibility. No one at this time including Senator Burris should blame this situation on racism. Place the blame where it belongs ... on the shoulders of Governor Blagojevich.

    January 7, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Sick is sick

    The epitome of all things sick about our politics. It is not a question of qualifications – it is more a question of judgement. If Burris will sacrifice his good name and be stained by Blago's filth in order to represent his constituency, he shouldn't be allowed near the senate.

    Senators please restore some dignity on the hill. Send Burris home.

    January 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. stan

    this shows how stupid people are, he should be seated. get that SS of state to sign off on the cert. and then go to DC. If anyone fights him, he should go to court. He has every right to be seated. Reid has been out in the sun toooooo long.

    January 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Terence Gaffney

    Burris should NOT be seated – goodness knows the politicians have done enough damage to the USA image! Let's start letting the politicians in Washington know that they're doing a terrible job!

    January 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I agree completely with the majority! Burris SHOULD NOT be seated!

    January 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Matt

    It's pretty simple. If indeed Illinois law REQUIRES the Sec. of State to sign the Governor's appointment of Burris (i.e., he has no discretion to refuse), then Burris will seek and likely obtain a Writ of Mandamus ordering him to do so. It's likely this is the case because the Sec. of State is probably doing nothing more than certifying that it is a true copy of the Governor's signature, etc., sort of like a notary would do (notaries operate under the Sec. of State).

    If the Sec. of State actually has discretion, which is NOT likely, then Burris has a problem.

    January 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. SP

    Gov. lost his right to appoint a senator as soon as he started talking about selling that seat. Plain and simple, Gov. Blago's pick should not stand. It has nothing to do with Burris, it has everything to do with the Governor being under investigation for this very same issue.

    January 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. tracy whitford

    Absolutely Mr. Burris should not be seated. Had he had any amount of integrity he would have realized that he was being used as a pawn to distract. His race is why he was chosen, not the reason why he was not seated. He should have declined on the offer and suggested an honest approach. Because of the way he tried to slip in to a position makes him as questionable as that of the Governor of Illinois. The race card is so badly abused as it is. This one hopefully backfired. I had hoped once a black president was elected into office possibly it would remove some of the ammunition African Americans have learned to so freely use.

    January 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Mike Boze

    This is not a polling issue it is an issue of law. Burris should bring his case to court. The point the pollsters seem to be missing is the state of Illinois has done nothing to limit Blogos ability to make this appointment other than holding press conferences.

    It is time to put the law to work and end this sideshow and seat Burris. It's about the economy stupid.

    January 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Kathleen

    If Burris is seated, will this have an impact on Blagojevich's upcoming battle to keep on as govenor? Can he say, "The fact that you let me appoint Burris means blah, blah, blah.?" There is something fishy about this whole thing and Burris should not be seated until this is resolved.

    January 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Matt

    @ Brian – Trinidad

    Please. You should write for X-Files if you're going to live your life in a cloud of conspiracy nonsense.

    January 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. ga.

    if we can't follow our own laws, then why even have them, burris has the law on his side, he needs to be seated.

    January 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Until his paperwork is completely filled out with the necessary signatures he can't call himself a Senator or get his seat.

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

    hey kyle, thats true, there should be an age limit for these reps. aged, may be one reason why so many bad decisions are made, talking about experience. the average age for the senators is 63. However, the law is the law, and Burris should be seated.

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