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. Matt, Canoga Park

    Bend over and take it Harry. Burris has the right to be there and can not be disqualified for what someone else may have done. Since I have heard no credible evidence against him. Suspicion of one person is hardly a reason to disqualify another individule with no connection to the possible crime.

    No puppets for you.

    January 3, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Joanna

    I feel for Burris a bite. He has a great record apparently. Why would he knowingly put himself in this mess?

    January 3, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Alan

    This is getting better and better. Now it seems that Reid also talked with Blago about who to appoint or not. All of you that supports this clan should hide your faces in shame.

    Just think we will have at least 4 and probably 8 years of this. Of course this is the CHANGE we can believe it!! HA!!

    January 3, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Mike H.

    I'm more than a little tired of hearing how Burris is so qualified for the US Senate. Clearly, the voters of Illinois don't think so–they rejected his candidacy 5 times when he ran variously for Mayor of Chicago, Governor of Illinois and the US Senate. He's a great example of the Peter Principle.

    January 3, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Mike

    Should be an interesting meeting. Perhaps Burris can bring a copy of the Constitution of the United States for Harry Reid to study, as what Reid has proposed is unconstitutional and has been overturned in the past by the Supreme Court.

    Why is it that Nevada keeps putting this imbecile in the Senate?

    January 3, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    Reid and Durbin spoke too soon, prodded by a republican appointed US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald who is overreaching in this case. Why does he need more time? I think he is trying to secure a paycheck and continue to build a name for himself. It has been reviled that Reid has said he did not want any of the Blacks appointed because, he felt the seat would be lost at the election. My question to Reid is, is that the same way you felt about Obama? An innocent man, Burris is being abused because you spoke too soon and are too stubborn to allow the right thing to happen, to seat him in the senate. You are a senator from Nevada not Illinois. I understand Blagojevich is a tainted governor bit no one has produced any evidence that Burris is tainted. The fact that Obama and Durbin are in lock step on this is shameful.

    January 3, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Who was Mike Connell?

    Harry Reid,the spineless one.He and Pelosi were afraid to go after Bush.He did know how to get his kids jobs on K street though.

    January 3, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. Perusing-Through


    Recent report has it that U.S. Senate Chairman & Democrat Harry Reid was also caught on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's wiretaps trying to pressure Gov. Rod Blagojevich 'NOT' to pick Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Congressman Danny Davis, and Illinois State Legislative Senate President Emil Jones (whom are all Black) to fill President-Elect Obama's U.S. Senate seat.

    This is interesting for two reasons:
    [1.] – The only three Blagojevich picks Democratic Senator Harry Reid objected to were all Black, and keep in mind Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones happen to be Obama's political Godfather.
    [2.] – Senator Harry Reid was initially a Hillary Clinton supporter and endorsed her during the Dem. Primaries, , , (no problem) , , , but was reluctantly slow to rally around the eventual Democratic nominee President-Elect Obama.

    January 3, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. conservative

    Watch your back Burris . These geeks are drunk with power!

    January 3, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher

    They should be meeting on getting Blago GONE!!! Why can't the party simply revoke his membership???

    January 3, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Carl Justus

    Unless Reid can prove that Burris gave the governor something to get appointed then he should be seated in the senate,
    If there is proof of quid pro quo, then send him home, otherwise he was duly appointed by the governor. The governor has not been convicted of anything at this point and unless they have proof of Burris buying the job, shut up and seat him.

    January 3, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Ryan

    The party is just giving Blago and his tag alongs some rope to roam around on legal air.

    1 You must be stupid to think you can extort a party consisting of Reid,Nancy,Biden,Rahm,Hillary and Obama.

    2 You must be totally out of your mind to put up a fight against this bundled group of experience and guts.

    I agree with the party to make it clear they do not tolerate extortionists.

    But right now the party needs to focus on maintaining the 'not yet harvested international goodwill' .

    January 3, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. sandee in Portland

    As a democrat, I hope the Senate agrees to seat Burris. I know they said they wouldn't seat anyone the Governor selected, but this man is qualified and it's not like he can't be voted out if he doesn't do a good job by the constituency in his state.

    January 3, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. SANDRA


    January 3, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. John Franks

    "...according to this source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue."

    More shady democrat shenanigans, trying to keep everything in the shadows so noone can learn the real truth of what is occurring (they think?). This does not sound like government in the sunshine to me, more like the democrats of old in the dimly lit, smokey back rooms. Change, folks???

    January 3, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    I hope they can work something out with thte Lt. Governor of Illinois. To let Burris become a Senator. True Baglo is the only one with the actual power to appoint him, Once that *$^%$%^#^ is reomoved from office it will be the Lt. Gov to appoint. I see nothing wrong with Burris per se but he can't get there on a ticket written by Blago.

    January 3, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Sherrol in Canada

    Well let's hope some diplomacy will ensue and some kind of compromise reached. Anything that will temper the racial undercurrents and restore peace to the Senate chamber.

    January 3, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. aware

    Reid is not a man of integrity so why bother talking to Him? 🙁

    January 3, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. di

    if its true that senator harry reid of nevada actually called blojevich to lobby against jesse jackson jr then he should be indicted together with blogojevich. politics i thought was clean now i see its all a scheme. if he could not punish joe liebermann why believe he has the mettle to stand up against Burris....

    January 3, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. BB

    Let him EARN the spot just like Barack had to. NO ENTITLEMENTS BECAUSE OF RACE.

    January 3, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Go Burris Go!

    Tell Harry to shut his little pie hole and that you intend to be majority leader.

    January 3, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. ree

    Burris should step down until Blagojevich is out of office an. He should not be seated. I don't care if he is black or white.

    Blagojevich should not have a say in whom should replace Obama. He should be kicked out of office.

    No replacement should be picked until the Blagojevich mess is cleared up.

    Lately, I am sorry to say I am a democrat.

    January 3, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. Tbone

    How can one "earn" an appointment like Obama who was elected? Some of these comments boggle the mind. Either the governor is legally entitled to appoint Burris, or he's not. Don't like him? Then pressure the Illinois legislature to remove him. Otherwise, say you don't like the situation and get out of the way.

    If Burris has done something wrong to get the appointment (which no one has alleged) then he will either be indicted and can be removed, or the people of Illinois will remove him in the election in two years. You didn't even kick Stevens out after he had been CONVICTED, so get off your high horses and work on solving the problems we care about.

    January 3, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. OGA

    Welcome to the New Amerika. For all out there thinking of running for Senate seat in 2010, learn now from Mr. Burris experience and be ready to win two elections, one in your home state and another with Harry Reid because if he doesn't like you, you cannot be seated and you cannot be a senator, even if you win a clean election from your own state.

    January 3, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. opy in canada

    sorry folks, Burris is an egotistical lawyer who for years has worked hard to go forward in his own career. He did a terrible thing with Gonzalez letting him rot on death row when he knew the man was innocent. The only thing important to that man is and was his career. It didnt matter to him one way or the other who he trampled or destroyed to get there.

    Is that what you want representing you in the Senate. His choices that he made on his way up the ladder were transparent to the people of Illinois and that is why he was never voted back in for anything. He wud have had difficulty getting voted in for Dog Catcher. HIs integrity is non-existant which makes him no better than Blago.

    January 3, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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