January 6th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Burris had 'extremely gracious' meeting with Senate's Sec'y

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.burrishands0106.jpg caption="Roland Burris came to Capitol Hill Tuesday and sought to be sworn in as a senator."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Illinois Senate Appointee Roland Burris doesn’t give up easily. Burris came to Capitol Hill Tuesday in order to be sworn in as Illinois' junior senator. Instead, Burris and his advisers ended up having a short meeting with several Senate officials.

Related: Burris shut out by Senate Secretary

A senior Democratic aide tells CNN that Burris, his lawyers, and other advisers had an “extremely gracious” meeting with Senate Secretary Nancy Erickson, the Senate’s General Counsel, the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms, two Senate parliamentarians, and two aides to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

During the meeting Erickson “explained to Mr. Burris and his counsel directly the reasons his certificate [of appointment to the Senate] did not comply with Senate Rule II,” according to a press release from Erickson’s office issued Tuesday evening. At the meeting Burris was also informed that “the Senate could refer the matter to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.”

The meeting lasted 10-15 minutes, according to a senior Democratic aide who was present at the gathering.

Watch: Reid speaks about Burris from the Senate floor

The day before, Erickson rejecteda certificate of appointment for Burris signed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett and CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. lol

    roland burris should be seated. mr. burris did nothing wrong. legally he should be seated. it is unamerican for them not to seat him. racist harry reid is on tape thumbing his nose at two other african american candidates too. the dnc proved they were sexist after the treatment of hillary clinton!

    January 6, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. They;re pulling our leg----

    Burris will be seated because Obama demanded a black for the seat-

    In return, Blagojevich will be pardoned by Obama-–

    Blago the crook wins!!!!!! That's how politics works in Illinois--

    January 6, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. bbillinois

    Act your race? what does that even mean??? If you cannot see that race has nothing to do with this you must be pretty dim. Roland Burris has been out of office for 14 years, after failing te get himself reelected, and has been a puppet for several lobbiest groups ever since. Get over yourself Mr. Burris, leave that space below your current achievements on your gravestone for "loving father".

    January 6, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Carl... you are one ignorant racist.... check in the mirror... your sheet is showing!

    I'm a minority... at the risk of laboring the point....it has nothing to do with race or gender.... it is about integrity.... and criminality on Blago's part... 🙁 He should not be allowed to appoint anyone! Simple!

    January 6, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Floridian

    I take serious issue with Blagojevich and think he should be removed from office; however, Burris was legally appointed and should be seated. IL deserves two senators.

    January 6, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. paul oregon

    no wonder this country is going to hell in a hand basket. we do have laws .that ought to be followed. the democrats sure seem to be screwing this up.leave it up to egos of reid and pelosi obama has taught law wonder what he has to say about the law .

    January 6, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Ed

    Extremely gracious??? LOL!!!!

    Clinton News Network at its best.

    January 6, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Albo58

    Mr. Burress pressed the test and he got his answer. Now he can slither back to Illinois and wait for his lawyers and the spineless Democrat Party leadership to work out a deal to seat this arrogant rat in the very near future!

    January 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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