January 3rd, 2009
05:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Burris to meet with Reid, Durbin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/03/art.reid.gi.jpg caption="Burris will meet with Senate Dem leaders Reid and Durbin Wednesday."](CNN) - A meeting has been scheduled between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin and Roland Burris, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s choice to succeed Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illinois, according to a Democratic source familiar with the discussions of Senate Democratic leaders.

The meeting was scheduled at Burris’s request and is tentatively set for Wednesday, according to this source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Just seat him! If Blagojevich has broken the law, he will pay, but Burris's appointment is seemingly 100% lawful and he should not be punished for Blago's sins, nor should the citizens of Illinois.

    January 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Until the governor of Illinois is impeached or resigns, the appointment of a replacement senator is his responsibility. Innocent until proven guilty and all that. If YOU were arrested, would you not object to your boss firing you and your spouse leaving you before your innocence was disproved in court (and impeachment proceedings ARE a court). Our nation upholds indicates innocence is presumed until a court finds one guilty, and no cop, prosecutor or media circus should be able to take that away.

    I would not be surprised if the governor of Illinois is found guilty of corruption, and/or impeached for this reason by his legislature. But I am troubled by how quickly the Senate wants to invalidate his responsibilities before these proceedings occur, because of popular media-encouraged sentiment.

    January 3, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Proud American

    At this point Burris couldn't get elected to the seat I wouldn't vote for something who to dumb to know he's being used.

    January 3, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Gordon Shumway

    The Governor's not been found guilty of anything, neither has Burris. How can the party that supposedly champions equal rights to all minorities, even queers, possibly deny the seat to a legal appointed black Senator? I'd like to see Rev Al and good ole Jesse explain that one away................................

    January 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    This sounds like progress. But, Burris' appointment is the "fruit of the poison tree" and he should not be seated.

    January 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. lube

    Really-i think all these lawyers need to do some homework. their actions remind me of sorority/fraternity flops–this is our country we are representing-not a nite at the prom. grow-up.

    January 3, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. lube

    Really-i think all these lawyers need to do some homework. their actions remind me of sorority/fraternity flops–this is our country we are representing-not a nite at the prom. grow-up. ps–Mr Burris should not suffer the consequence, and the gov still is the gov.

    January 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    I still do not see how any appointee by Blago can be considering under the circumstances of his blatant misconduct. No matter who he chooses, the appointment of that person will be tainted. It is sad if Burris is a good man... I know nothing about him so I cannot speak to his preparedness or his honesty.

    I simply know that if you have been lying down with pigs... you usually come up smelling like a hog. Sounds like Blago has behaved like a pig.... Democrat or Republican... it must be known that old time – good ole by politics must become a thing of the PAST! There is a big difference between being acquainted with someone as to literally be in his pocket... and that is what Blago wanted, and we will never be able to trust that that is NOT what he has!

    January 3, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. TooDarkMark

    God I hope Burris puts ego aside, and does the rational thing. When 57 Senators from your party don't want you. When the President doesn't want you. And the only support you get is from race obsessed politicians from the 70's and the Hannitys and Limbaughs of the world, you really have to step back and give it some thought.

    When does the rational mind kick in? Hopefully Durbin and Reid can talk some sense into this guy. And hopefully Blago is impeached next week and this problem can go away and America can focus on real problems, and not idiots like Blago and Bobby "1971" Rush.

    January 3, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. this really smells

    back room deals, Blago, Burris, Reid etc

    From Blago selling the seat to our dems in congress caving in (what kick backs are going with this?)

    January 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. SMR

    This meetings intention will be to speak with Mr Burris and let him know that we the Dems have faith in him to fill this seat.The problem is that Blangojevichs wrong doings will not fly with our party. Every step of the way by our party will be out in the open and honest. PE Obama wants to oust the dishonest Gov first and then we will see what happens. Ronald Burris is a great public servant and is respected by both partys. KEEP YOUR CHIN UP MR. BURRIS

    January 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Terry

    The choice of this governor should not be seated. He was recorded describing his intention to sell the office to the highest bidder. Now he is using Burris as part of his strategy to avoid impeachment. Burris may well be a terrific choice, but he arrives at the Senate under a cloud.

    If the legislators of Illinois would actually take some sort of action to resolve this ...

    I suspect that many of them fear being sucked in to the Blagojevich scandal because he has surely cut a few deals with many of them.

    January 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. kuriya

    Bursis is a man that want's power he does not care at what cost. It does not mean that because he is black man he has to take the seat of Obama. He is being use by the governor as scape goat. This is coming from a black woman. He does not deserve the position he is one of the Governor corrupt people. I hope they never sit him in the senate.

    January 3, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Norma Labno


    I fervently hope, given the circumstances of the Burris
    appointment, when all is said and done – Mr. Burris finds he
    cannot be elected "Dog Catcher" in any State in the Union!!!

    norma from nevada

    January 3, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. paul oregon

    as long as everything is legal abount the burris appointment.
    mr reid should be real carefulabount how he handles this .
    if reid screws this up for us democrats reid may find him self out of a job next election. there needs to be term limits and wage cut backs

    reid you left a traitor like lieberman your buddy slinking around .
    dont screw this up .

    January 3, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Chicagoan

    Another Democrat, politician and lawyer... from Chicago??

    January 3, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Dem in Hawaii

    Amazing how "Dirty" Harry is iunterfering with the Senate in Illinois. Harry, Nancy, Chris Dood and Schuler all should be investigated and thrown in jail for meddling witht he state rights to choose people to the Senate. Yep, keep Burris out and show your true colors. I hope the Supreme Court weighs in and Harry is thrown out. What a disgrace he is to the party and to all the voters in the United States. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    January 3, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. shelby

    Somebody please explain how Obama and Emanuel were involved in the election of the Rod, the governor. Did they really manage his campaing with the slogan of "he's the honest one"? Wow, I wonder what Rod knows about the two of them. Is that why he's pushing this thing?

    January 3, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. BB

    So? If there is no Illinois certification, he's wasting his time.

    January 3, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. ex illinois man, now pennsylvanian

    good, maybe this will all slowly begin to get figured out and we can focus more on putting blagojevich in jail

    January 3, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. libbssuck1

    Let the guy be seated, the gov. hasn't been prosecuted or impeached, screw Reid and the rest ot the lib cronies!

    January 3, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Edgar

    Granted, Blago and Burris have created a mess for them Dems. However, Mr Burris is still a legally appointed senator and if Reid and them are going to violate our constitution to block him, I have a big problem with that. Regardless of how they feel about this appointment, the rule of law should be followed

    January 3, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Harry Reid needs to get tossed out of office in 2010

    January 3, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. ChicagoSuz

    Here's hoping that reasonable heads will prevail... whatever that looks like.

    What about "Acting Senator" for the time being?

    January 3, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. TX_C

    The Democrats should seat Roland Burris (IL) as senator. We got bigger issues in this country to solve. DEMOCRATS don't mess up - get something done for the people in this country.

    January 3, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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