January 6th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Burris arrives on the Hill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.roland.cnn.jpg caption="Burris arrived on the Hill Monday, as media swarmed."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, named by Illinois' controversial governor to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, arrived at the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning for the start of the 111th Congress.

The secretary of the U.S. Senate on Monday rejected Burris' appointment because it does not conform with the Senate rule requiring that the secretary of state - in this case, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White - must sign the certificate of appointment along with the governor.

White has declined to sign the certificate, siding with some Senate Democrats who say Burris should not be seated because of the cloud over Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat.

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  1. Sherrol in Canada

    Burris looks like an old fuddy duddy, surrounded by a bunch of court jesters. Unbelievable!! I can picture Blago watching this and laughing his head off.

    I wonder how his family feels about this? Aren't they ashamed?

    January 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Jon

    And the hero in this whole matter, the Illinois Secretary of State.

    January 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. BB

    I am watching the news and I don't know who looks more stupid – Burris or the Press.

    Why is this such a big deal? Because the Press has found an easy target.

    We have kids dying in wars and the Press is covering this e-gossip. Shame on all the Press, and shame on Burris.

    January 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Rick in WA

    Why the rush to seat Franken, but not Burris?

    January 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Impeach Senator Reid

    We need to impeach Senator Reid so the Democrats stop this Burris Soap Opera and get on with the critical issues facing this country. We are in a deep recession; we have lost millions of jobs; our banking system is in tatters; Wall Street is corrupt and there is no oversight; we have two wars going on; the Mideast is exploding. Seat the rightful Senator from IL who was legally appointed and stop playing politics.

    Senator Reid is incompetent. He is playing God and thinks he can tell IL who should represent them in the Senate.


    January 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Burris should be seated. The governor has the right to appoint him and he did. The Democrats are always shooting themselves in the foot. I get the feeling they will fail and be tossed out of office by 2012. And, I will be going the way of a real progressive or Green Party, again.

    January 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. naqib

    Just say you never knew anything...worked for Obama.

    January 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Jozee

    If the Dems wish to keep the political fallout to a minimum, they need to simply allow Mr. Burris to be sworn in and seated. Any hesitance will only make this circus more unbearable. If he is not a good senator, and performs badly, then in 2010, the people of Illinois will send him packing. End of story.

    This is not rocket science and since Gov. Blago has acted within his legal authority, the most painless way of dealing with this issue is to simply follow through with the appointment.

    January 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Ryan

    So much drama with the Democrats these days. It makes me feel really secure that these morons will be running the country soon. They can't even manage themselves.

    January 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. W.T.Sherman at the sea

    Poor Burris,hes a pawn and doesnt even know it.

    January 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Dallas, TX

    Exactly, seat the man, he's not linked to any illegal activities and he's qualified, so I don't see the problem.

    The Dems are making more of this than they should, it's going to cause them problems, but what's new, they always pull this stuff.

    Seat the man!

    January 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Flounder

    "oh boy, is this great?"

    January 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Sherrol in Canada

    The weather is cold and wet and dreary, just like what is presently unfolding.

    January 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Eric

    I have heard good things about Burris but so far he is showing himself to be no better than Blagojevich.

    January 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Tom

    The Sec of State has not signed off, so until he is forced to by the Illinois Sup Court, they do not have to seat him. This will be in courts for a couple of weeks but by that time Blago the Clown will be impeached and the new Gov will revoke the appointment. So stop wasting everyone's time and money Mr. Burris and go home!!! You knew they were not going to seat you but you have to be in the spotlight, do have no shame?

    January 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Angie-OHIO

    Oh PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! seat him. he will have to run again in 2010 if illnois want him they will reelect him and if not he is out. end of story.

    I agree with boered1.

    January 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Zebulon Pi

    This guy could have earned point all the way around by treating this with dignity and respect, and waited for all the questions to be ironed out before attempting to get sworn in. Instead, he's showing that he could care less about anything or anyone but himself and his own agenda. THIS is the type of politician that I expect out of Chicago: self-serving and self-advancing, taking advantage of illegal activities to forward his own cause while denying any appearance of impropriety.

    He's not even sworn in yet, and already I don't trust him. That must be a new record.

    January 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Dexter Skagway

    What a stupid situation: a childish power play by the egotistical patsy of an egotistical, vengeful soon-to-be-felon. Stupid.

    January 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Jen

    Yeah the guy said he wasnt going to start nothing but he is doing nothing but that!! Having the press there he knows they are not going to seat him so showing up is only causing a problem, then giving a press conference?? WOW this guy really wants this job for some reason!! I think he need to back down NOW!!

    January 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Scott NYC Independent

    The man lost five elections. One for senate and the people of Illinois rejected him. This is not representative of a government for the people, by the people and of the people.

    January 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. KC

    Too much time is being spent on this matter. It is not a priority nor should it be the main concern. Our economy is the main concern. Stop throwing this garbage in the mix and lets get to work.

    January 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Marc in Virginia

    Seat the man. Reid is an idiot. He's starting up a fight when his approval rating is in the toilet. Burris has impeccable qualifications and will only be serving a less than 2 year term. As usual, the Senate democrats are wasting time.

    January 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Belle

    Doesn't anyone notice the bigger picture here?

    We NOW have a Senate and House that believe they do not have to abide by the law.

    Our founders warned against too much power. We apparently have not listened.

    January 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    whats the difference, we will end up with a corrupt Chicago senator in any case. I don't care what party they are from Chicago breeds corruption. since the days of Capone corruption has been a daily fixture in IL. IL is a state that has a terrorist teaching at a state school and they think that is ok. I am disgusted with this state. What moron sat down one day and said, you know, what we need is a man that bombed the capital the pentagon and a police department to teach our kids. You all complain that bush should be in jail but are silent on the fact that IL has not had a break from corruption in 70 years.

    January 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. John Nobles

    The law in this country as given by the constitution says inocent until proven guilty, charges do not stop or render uninforcable legal decisions made by elected officials, If Senator Burrius is denied his senat seat then the congress has violated the most sanctified elements of the constitution and must either apologize to the people and correct thier mistake or be held accountable as trators to this country.

    January 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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