January 5th, 2009
02:34 PM ET
13 years ago

Dems consider seating Burris if he promises not to run in 2010

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/05/art.getty.burris.smiling.jpg caption="Democrats may consider a compromise if Roland Burris agrees not to run for the Senate seat in 2010."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN has learned that one possible compromise idea being considered by some in the Senate Democratic leadership is allowing Roland Burris to be seated in the Senate as long as he agrees not to run in 2010.

A senior Democratic source familiar with Senate leadership deliberations tells CNN that a Democratic concern about seating Burris is that his association with Rod Blagoveich would make him so tainted that he would lose the Democratic seat if he ran in the next election. This idea would clear the field for other Democratic candidates the leadership considers more viable to run in 2010. The source would not be named because of the sensitivity of the discussions.

Democratic sources cautioned that this is just one idea being discussed and that the Democratic leadership hasn’t formally settled on making this offer to Burris.

The source familiar with the deliberations said one key to this avenue of compromise, and a way around declarations that anyone Blagoveich appoints is tainted, would be to give the Burris appointment political legitimacy by having Illinois Lt Gov Pat Quinn publicly bless it.

When asked about the possibility of agreeing not to run in 2010, Burris told reporters in Chicago: “I can’t negotiate in the press.” (In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer later Monday, Burris appeared to reject the idea.)

Update: The fact that Blagojevich "tainted" the pick is one reason Democrats are resisting the move, according to the Democratic source - another is, regardless of whether or not Burris is viewed as tainted, the 71-year-old former attorney general is not someone party leaders think can win statewide. They're hoping for younger, more appealing candidates they think have a better shot at keeping the seat.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. BB

    Oh, it's Bash. She's good at gossip.

    January 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

    "Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Member's of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension."

    Some folks on this thread need to educate themselves before mouthing off.

    Or are you just repeating dittohead sound bites from Lush Limprick?

    January 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. mary, colorado springs

    Mr Burris is wrong for accepting the Senate seat in the first place. He should have declined until the mess with Blogjeivich is cleared up, and there would be no question of his elligiblity and seating with his tellow senators. He's anxious to get in and I can understand that but until there is no problem with his acceptance, he should stay where he is. All the antagonism generated by his acceptance now will only cause ill feelings on both sides.

    January 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Mike

    If he were so tainted wouldn't he just lose in a primary. These are supposed to be our best and brightest?

    January 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Mike Dallas

    Yes Obama stepped in this one.

    He should have done the same thing as in the past which has served him so well and stayed out of the Senate's business, since he is no longer a member.

    Cuz, it is the law that the Burris will be seated it will just take a lawsuit to make it happen.

    With Obama being a lawyer I would have thought he would known that.

    January 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Greg Davis

    Burris would not get a lifetime pension. You have to serve in the Senate for at least 5 years in order to get that.

    January 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Tom

    There is no story here. Everyone in Illinois knows that Burris will never be elected to public office again. He has tried several times and has lost badly. All the man talks about is himself. This is a money grab and he is already wasting taxpayers money by flying to Washington when he knew he had no shot of being seated.

    January 5, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. chuck

    To CHANGE IN AMERICA. Learn the English language, then learn to type it. Your post was wacky and unintelligible.

    January 5, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    He's lying Jesse White said the same thing, telling us he is going to be a one-term Secretary of State. To this day, he is still there. We had to pay license plate fees because of Him. In addition, electric rates went up (not his fault). All these politicians in IL sleep with lobbysts. WE need term-limits.

    I remembered my Aunt came to visit me and she laughed at our roads. She told me that we pay too many taxes and our roads are horrible.

    January 5, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Don't do it

    He is way too eager, do a special election like with Emanuel's seat

    I think Burris is acting this way because it is his last shot at 71yrs of age

    January 5, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Taxpayer / voter / citizen

    That can't be legal, can it? It certainly isn't moral.

    January 5, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Kriss-ATL

    He should sit down. What does he want, a bigger pension?He should be ashamed of himself. As an accomplished politician can't he just continue to to serve his state ? He is old! I guess he doesn't have a big enough forum in his state, and his ego needs that power so he is prostituting himself to gain it. It's not about race. In fact, how racist is it when Obama had that seat and was elected decisively? Wake up and stop drinking from the crazy juice jug! The Lord did not ordain this, or he would have confirmed this with others.

    January 5, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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