January 11th, 2009
06:32 PM ET
6 years ago

Burris' fate could be decided Monday

Senate-appointee Roland Burris' fate could be decided on Monday.
Senate-appointee Roland Burris' fate could be decided on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The fate of Senate-appointee Roland Burris could be decided as soon as Monday, Democratic sources said, as the Senate's Parliamentarian and legal counsel worked over the weekend deciphering Senate rules to determine if Burris has met the requirements for admittance.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White cleared the main road block to Burris' appointment by submitting a new document to the Secretary of the Senate on Friday that contained both his signature and the official seal of Illinois, two elements which were missing from the official letter of appointment by Gov. Rod Blagovich, a Democrat, in December.

The new letter was also submitted in conjunction with a revised version of Blagojevich's original certificate of appoint. The date of the revised certificate was changed to January 09, 2009 and the space for White's signature was removed.

White's new document states:

"I, Jesse White, Secretary of State of the State of Illinois, do hereby certify that the attached is a true and accurate copy of a certificate of appointment made by the Governor of the State of Illinois and duly filed in the Office of the Secretary of State of Illinois."

Sen. Dick Durbin, currently the lone Senator from Illinois, told reporters on Sunday, "This thing changes by the day."

Durbin spoke at a private meeting of Senate Democrats for thirty minutes to explain why the new document is important and "what all this means."

"This isn't easy stuff," Durbin lamented. "This thing just keeps gnawing at us. Everyone's being asked about it at home, and I just wanted to give them as much information as i could."

Democratic leaders say that now that the papers have been submitted, the next step is to wait for a decision by the Senate Parliamentarian. This could be followed by a debate and vote of full Senate.


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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. A Woman In California For Obama

    I say this as a black woman. Burris is just like looking at a 1940's Hattie McDaniel movie. We have moved beyond this kind of role playing. Why didn't he just let the people of Illinois decide? I know he is enjoying his 15 minutes but enough already.

    January 11, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Mike in Montana

    The Governor of Illinois got the last laugh on everyone in Illinois. Too bad Burris doesn't mind being a pawn in the big game of one upsmanship!!

    January 11, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Whatever

    The whole thing stinks. Another political predator wins and the people lose, thus further diminshing the morale of the American people.

    Thanks Burris and Blago, I hope there really is a hell.

    January 11, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. gcbfred

    Seat the man. Lets move on already!.......

    January 11, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Lee

    Seat him! Move on. Blago is still the governor.

    Try him later if the evidence is there. Burris did nothing wrong.

    Getr done with this and attend to the business of the country!

    January 11, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Dave

    Pathetic. Why do they keep wasting our money on this fiasco. Seat the guy and move on – they will do it anyway – what a con-job on Illinois citizens. Not the first and won't be the last. Sadly, we are a country of you scratch my back ....

    January 11, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. MOVE ON !!!!!

    Durbn And Company......seat the GUY and move on

    January 11, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. tony

    Congrat to Mr. Burris. You have just become a top target for the Republicans' advertising campaign for the 2010 election.

    January 11, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Joe Lake

    Burris's fate could be decided by Monday...

    We are a nation governed by laws, not (wo)men.

    Joe Lake, Chicago (Bucktown)

    January 11, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    This is actually very absurd, I am disappointed in all players here, particularly in Mr, Burris. This once untarnished individual has now shown his true colors as an egomaniacal narcissist willing to place his own interest ahead others. We can reward this attitude in the next election.

    January 11, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Ann

    Quit looking like fools and seat him and get it over with. He is going to get it anyway, so why Democrats, are you making a spectacle of yourselves?

    January 11, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Messiah watch

    Sen. Turbin should do what he and other Democrat party folk find hard to do, and that is obey the law of the land by stepping aside and watching as Burris takes his lawful seat in the Senate.

    January 11, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Irritated in Fl

    Wow. You just have to marvel at the gall of Chicago Ploitics. I guess the secretary of Illionis finally got his pay off.

    January 11, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. David

    My personal belief is we need an amendment for all States that removes the power from government appointments and calls for a special election to replace members of Congress. The people own the seat, not the Governors. We are the ones who should decide our representation. This will alleviate any potential for scandal scandal. The only reason a special election did not occur in Illinois is because the state legislature was afraid a Republican might win. Who cares? It is the will of the people to decide who will represent us. This is not a knock on Burris. I have no qualms about his qualifications and he seems like a respectable person. I do feel is being used by others as a politcal pawn though.

    January 11, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. David

    My personal belief is we need an amendment for all States that removes the power from government appointments and calls for a special election to replace members of Congress. The people own the seat, not the Governors. We are the ones who should decide our representation. This will alleviate any potential for scandal scandal. The only reason a special election did not occur in Illinois is because the state legislature was afraid a Republican might win. Who cares? It is the will of the people to decide who will represent us. This is not a knock on Burris. I have no qualms about his qualifications and he seems like a respectable person. I do feel he is being used by others as a politcal pawn though.

    January 11, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Chicago Bobby Burns

    Jesse White Signed Off!! Holy Illinois CORRUPTION!!
    What did Jesse White and his tumblers get for that??

    January 11, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Scully

    Finally, some common sense has prevailed. This be a good start for the new administration.

    January 11, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Bill Charlotte, NC

    Seat him! He couldn't possibly be any worse than the ones already there!

    January 11, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. THE OLD TIMER

    fire Harry Reid and the trouble will be over

    January 11, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Independent Steve

    Not sure why Reid is still delaying the seating of this man! The dem leadership is looking very silly over this battle that did not have to be fought!

    January 11, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Cindy

    She is going back to hunting Moose, right?

    January 11, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Granted, the governor of Illinios seems a bit sketchy, but he WAS recently re-elected. Did the people of Illinois not notice he was trouble, or has be suddenly become a less honorable man? I would not be surprised if the governor is found guilty of corruption, and/or impeached by his legislature. But I am troubled by how quickly the Senate wanted to invalidate the governor's Constitutional responsibilities before these proceedings occur, because of popular media-encouraged sentiment.

    Mr. Burris should be seated in the Senate. If the Senate then chooses to expel him to spite Gov. Blagovich, as is their Constitutional right, they can whip up a 2/3 vote and do so.

    January 11, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. JohnCynic

    The fewer GOP representatives in the Congress the better off we'll all be. The Democratic party can see Americans looking for representation that will concern themselves with helping Americans in America first. Simple reasoning that GOP members just don't understand.Tell your representative "NO" to Congressional salary raises (not even their two cents worth, they haven't earned a raise).

    January 11, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Michael

    Blago is playing everybody and it's a huge distraction. All involved speak to the integrity and dedication of Burris...seat him and move on to more important business.

    January 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. bsmith171

    harry reid rule:

    NO blacks need apply.

    January 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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