January 11th, 2009
06:32 PM ET
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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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  1. Simmy

    It's become a mockery. SML, Harry Reid, should be ashamed of himself. If they plan to be examples for the rest of the country and the world they must obey laws set forth.

    January 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Joe the Drummer

    I think Burris should stay, Blagojevich putting the senate seat up for sale to the highest bidder represents the way Amercian politics is conducted. Lobbyists give large campaign donations in return for special bills and legislation, so actually most of the senate seats have been sold to special interests all ready.
    If Burris gets rejected and Blagoyevich booted out why not boot em all out!

    January 11, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. nyla ferrell

    I think Burris should be confirmed as Illnois Senator despite the all the trouble regarding the Govenor.

    January 11, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Allen

    Shows just how much people in the government talk. they said there was no way they were going to sit burris, yet after a week they said o.k. everything is o.k. go and do what you want. sounds two timing to me right?

    January 11, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Marc M

    Watch the dems fold!

    They are going to seat this weasel.

    January 11, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. DanielF

    Let the man serve! He's done nothing wrong. Not letting him serve is not only unjust, it accomplishes nothing good.

    January 11, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. bimmer

    Let the guy have his seat. He did everything legal.

    Also what the Illinois Gov. did had been done by other Govs.except that they were much more discreet and clever about it. That's US politics work..

    January 11, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Reid will cave and seat Burris. He as all the guts of a worm.

    January 11, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Chris E

    I hope they seat Roland Burris he might be the man to help make IL government better than what it is. I say give the man the seat the GOV og IL was doing his job when he appointed him I say let seat him and get on with doing your job to get this country back where it need to be

    January 11, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Paul

    As a matter of principle, the Dems should withdraw all support from this man. He should be treated as an independent.

    January 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. inuk of the north

    So much for color-blind. Reid and Pelosi need some professional help.

    January 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. sonnie2

    ROLAND BURRIS SHOULD DECLINE THE SENATE SEAT THAT OFFERED TO HIM BY GOV BLAGOVICH #1 IT IS TAINTED #2 HE IS
    TOO OLD,BY 2010 HE WILL BE 73 YEARS OLD TOO OLD TO BE
    RUNNING FOR REELECTION,RIGHT NOW BURRIS IS THINKING OF
    HIS ACHIVEMENT NOT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
    PLEASE STEP ASIDE AND GIVE A YOUNGER PERSON A BREAK
    MOREOVER HE WAS APPOINTED BY A CROOK, AND HE KNOWS THAT COMES 2010 HE WILL BE A LOSER DEFENDING THAT SEAT
    HEY!! STEP ASIDE OLD MAN

    January 11, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    typical politics as usual there are rules to abide by and when you cant abide by the rules you change to wording to suit your situation. I just dont understand how anyone could allow this type of crooked politics to happen, it makes everyone loose faith in our government when a corrupt governor can get away with appointing someone to fill a vacant seat under shaddy suspicions. How much did burris pay for the appointment or what was promised in return?

    January 11, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Jan Illinois

    Obama said so, and it will be done.

    January 11, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Proud to Support the President Elect

    Democrats bend-over once again. Old News.

    January 11, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Francisco Cardenas

    Congratulations Senator Burris!

    January 11, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Jeff From Jersey

    What thing changes?It's just political manuvering.....AS USUAL!Everything and everyone becomes a political football.No matter how big or small the politicians and the media turn it into a sideshow.No wonder this country is" going to Hell in a handbasket" and it gets there faster every day!

    January 11, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Rich

    If Obama can not contain the political fire storm in Illinois, how can we expect him to gain control of the Mid-East situation? One must be able to manage small problems before taking on the larger ones.

    January 11, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Jennifer

    Wonder what excuse Reid will come up with now to refuse his credentials? Is there nobody on his staff that is willing to point out that his actions on this make him look bad?

    BTW did the Secretary of State sign the credentials of the other Illinois senator? Is there any way to get copies of the credentials Senators provide? It would be interesting to find out if every other Senator had his credentials signed by the SOS.

    January 11, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Kevin Wires

    What other appointment requires the vote of the full Senate. Why are they making this a dragged out dramatic affect. If he has the credentials why isn't he being allowed his seat like all of the other freshman Senators. If this seat falls to the Repubs or this drama helps sink part of the recovery Reid and Durbin should be held accountable.

    January 11, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Rick

    Just like the Obama administration and the Democratic ran Senate changing the rules to suit themselves. If they confirm and seat him I wouldn't be suprised. Tainted Governor, then we will have a Tainted Senator to go along with a Tainted Senate so everyone can see where this administartion is taking us and then New York will gives us anothert name with NO Experience.

    January 11, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. carol

    Can we just seat the man and get it over with, this has been a fiasco?

    January 11, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Viet

    Its sad, Burris threw Morality, judgement and old fashion common sense out the window by accepting the position from a corrupt Govenor for a brief period in the spot light, what ever chance he may beleive or think he had on wining a statewide election went out the window with his common sense, he will never win an election His tenure will be short lived.

    January 11, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. EBC

    Geee... what a bunch of "sissys". These men are nothing but a joke. Burris included proved to be biggest CLOWN of them all.

    January 11, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Desert Rat

    Burris just looks like a little weasle. He already paid to play with the campaign donnations and job offering to Blagojevich's wife

    January 11, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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