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. Empty people voted for an empty suit

    Sherrol in Canada, "Blind ambition", why does that apply to Burris, did he lobby for the seat, pay anyone off, anything Sherrol?

    He has every right to be seated, but I am relishing the Democrats destroying their own and their own party will pay dearly down the road as many African Americans are rightfully ticked.

    Bloggy is he Democrats gift to Republicans that keeps on giving.

    With people like him, Rahm, Richardson, Edwards etc, etc, etc you liberals can get off your ethical high horse and "ride em' dirty".

    Your stay in power wil be a real short one.

    Now if we could only find some moderate Republicans to run he show and not right-wing crazies, moderates, even moderate Democrats that support he military will do.............

    January 6, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. obama-mama

    I don't think this is good publicity for Burris. It's just showing desperation.

    January 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Empty people voted for an empty suit

    Sherrol in Canada, "Blind ambition", why does that apply to Burris, did he lobby for the seat, pay anyone off, anything Sherrol?

    He has every right to be seated, but I am relishing the Democrats destroying their own and their own party will pay dearly down the road as many African Americans are rightfully ticked.

    Bloggy is he Democrats gift to Republicans that keeps on giving.

    With people like him, Rahm, Richardson, Edwards etc, etc, etc you liberals can get off your ethical high horse and "ride em' dirty".

    Your stay in power wil be a real short one.

    Now if we could only find some moderate Republicans to run he show and not right-wing crazies, moderates, even moderate Democrats that support he military will do.............

    January 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. kelly WI

    More of the dem. corruption. Ha what a joke.
    When Blago has to quit or is impeached, Il better appoint another Serbian since politics now is all the race card.

    January 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. RealityKing

    The culture of Chicago comes to Washington. Thanks Obama..

    January 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. ajks

    What a show! I disagree with the CNN moderator who thinks everybody will feel sorry for the old man out in the rain. No appointment by the Illinois governor should be seated. Burris is only seeking the limelight. It seems like the only readers that want him seated speak of "Dems" with a disgusted tone. Is there a special reason for this?

    January 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Mark

    Burris ought to know better than wasting his time coming to Washington on a fruitless effort. The Illinois Secretary of State did not sign his credentials and how then did Burris thinks the Secretary of the Senate would recognize him? It bewalders me.

    January 6, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Michael

    Democrats should reconsider Harry Reid as Majority Leader. He fumbled this issue from the very beginning. The fact is that a tainted governor selected an honorable man to replace Obama. Blagojevich's taint doesn't rub off on Burris. Reid should cut his losses and seat Burris.

    January 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Soccer Nana

    In all good consciousness, Mr. Burris SHOULD NOT have accepted this appointment. Why would you want to be appointed by someone who is being investigated for illegal activity? Mr. Burris knows this appointment is an "in-your-face" move by the delusional Governor Blagovejich. The media should just stop broadcasting live coverage regarding this issue. Use print reporting; no more free publicity.

    January 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. bob in LA

    STOP THE PITINESS SENATORS! THIS MAN DID NOTHING WRONG AND IF HIS BACKGROUND IS CLEAN- SEAT HIM!
    YOU'VE BECOME A LAUGHING STOCK ON YOUR FIRST DAY!
    SO MUCH FOR CHANGE

    January 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Terry

    I live in Illinois. I have no sympathy for Roland Burris. He may be a good man. He may have a clean record. He may be an honorable man. But he has shown himself to be an opportunist. He has accepted an appointment from a governor who is not a good man, has a dirty record, and is not honorable. When one accepts largess from a dirty source, the dirt covers everything.

    January 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. SAD SAD

    iTS IS CONSTITUTIONAL FOR BLAGO TO NOMINATE and also constitutional for the secretary of state to sign your endorsement. I am so disappointed in Burris. After all you self acclaimed contitutional standing point. You didnt do all your home work right. Went to senate with an unsigned certificate of nomination. DEM or GOP morally wrong to be in the middle of a nationwide scandal. Everyone warned Sen Steves from Alaska he wouldnt listen depite being convicted still didnt remove his name from ballot he got the greatest loss for the GOP in Alaska. Next time get a clue!
    For the records you are not nominated or appointed by God...you were nominated by Blago or Bozo dont know...unless you call him god

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Scott

    BOY! the democrats are not even in power yet and they're a joke already.

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. a new year

    the more i read about this , the more i'm convinced that burris should be seated, if blagojevich is still allowed to do all the other business that has to be done as governor, then how is appointing burris any different, the law is on burriss side, i say seat him, no more double standers.

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Sharon

    It is very dangerous when the Congress assumes the power of the judge, jury and executioner!!!!! Mr. Burris should be seated. The federal prosecutor will indite Blagojevich. Burris is not involved... What a side show as we all await the historic Inauguration of Obama.
    Obama, please put a stop to the madness. It is not helping the country at this time.

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Flash news

    In the mean time,Blago is heading for his jet,and flying to Chile where they cant legally have him returned.

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Margaret

    Mr. Burris has been appointed by a man who has the legal authority to do so, despite his–Blagojevich's–moral failings. What right do the democrats have to block this man? Why don't they conserve their energy for fights that could keep the country strong? Burris seems like a good man. Just last week the democrats were saying that Blagojevich had to be removed from office because he was denying Illinois adequate representation by NOT appointing anyone.

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Gordon Shumway

    This, from the part who reaches out to minorities and those who are left behind? This, from the party that wants to tax the middle class and the wealthy so they can give handouts to all those poor illegal aliens? Shame, shame, shame!!!

    January 6, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. BB

    Rick – you're an idiot. This has nothing to do with Obama.

    It is about Burris and Blago – two egos that want their names all over the place.

    January 6, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Scott NYC Independent

    This was once the State Attorney for Illionis – isn't he aware that the Secretary of the State of Illinois has to sign the certificate of appointment? Wasn't he aware that without that signature he could, should and would be rejected by the Senate? If he was not then what kind of State Attorney General was he?

    January 6, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. marla allen

    send him home he is making a specticle of himself and the senete and the gov. should be stiped of appointing power

    January 6, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Dennis

    If Blago is found guilty of these serious charges involving appointments he's made they should ALL be subject to review and reversal. Even is Burris gets himself seated under these questionable circumstances he'll probably just be "unseated" later on.

    January 6, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. lala

    Mr Burris is between a rock and a hard place. While it was a great honor for him to be selected to go to the senate he is showing his lack of leadership by putting his ego before the reality of the situation. How can he possibly accept a post bestowed on him by a sad excuse of a politician under indictment? Mr Burris is tainting everything Obama stands for and he is playing right into the hands of those that wish to see this new president fail!!!!

    January 6, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Joan

    Burris should be seated. The Senate should attend to the MANY issues facing this country and not be bogged down arguing the legality of any Governor's appointment....which could go on for months, if not years!

    Cripes! Is this what our Senate believes is important? Not high unemployment! Not Iraq! Not Afganistan! Not India and Pakistan! Not Hamas and Israel! Not our financial institutions! Not business bankruptcies! Not the failure of millions of home mortgages! Not our crumbling infrastructure!

    Reid's actions only show Americans that our government is completely broken and unable to deal with the issues we want them to address! Instead Reid wants to tie up the Senate with political manueverings...I, for one, am sick of it!

    January 6, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. kelly WI

    He'll get seated eventually. I doubt if he'll get on any committees.
    All he'll have to do is vote once in awile and collect his pay check.

    January 6, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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