January 6th, 2009
12:27 PM ET
14 years ago

Burris offered Capitol Hill office space

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.burriswalk0106.gi.jpg caption="Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has offered Senate Appointee Roland Burris office space not far from the Capitol."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Now that Roland Burris has been turned away from the Senate, where will he hang his hat?

Since Burris has not been sworn in as a senator, he doesn’t have an office in the Russell, Dirksen or the Hart Senate Office Buildings that house the nation’s 100 senators and support staff.

But Burris will have a Capitol Hill view if he chooses.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has offered Burris space in the state’s Washington office, which rests at the foot of Capitol Hill.

“The way we look at it is that Roland Burris is the junior senator from Illinois,” Clayton Harris, the governor’s acting chief of staff, told CNN Tuesday. “So if necessary, if he needs office space, we have made it available as we would do for any Illinois senator or representative (in Washington) just as we would in the state of Illinois at any of our facilities.”

Harris said Burris is aware of the offer, but has not indicated if he would be working out of the Illinois state office.

Update: A Burris associate tells CNN that Burris rejected Blagojevich’s offer to use his office space.

- CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report

Filed under: Roland Burris • Senate
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Blagojevich, as much as the media does not want to believe, is innocent. He is innocent until he is proven guilty in the court of law not in the eyes of the media.

    Burris should be seated, because it is against the law if he is not. He is qualified despite the fact he has been chosen by a media-declared "criminal".

    And he is pleading, I think to some degree, out of principle. That the reason he is being rejected is not because HE is not qualified but because of Blagojevich and that is wrong in so many ways.

    Let's not complicate this now.

    January 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. DEMS..AT WORK...

    DEMOCRACY AT WORK...what right does Reed have and his partners have to turn Mr Burris away a man with a clean record and appointed
    by the Gov. who has not been charged only accused..Perhaps his crime is only that his did not appoint the Reed's choice...America you are loosing democracy if you allow the few to lead you to nowhere.
    "free america....free america....!

    January 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. One Vote

    Do not seat this man.

    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is out on bail. For trying to sell the Senate seat. I can not think of a much larger social crime to our society.

    As such, accepting any appointee that he assigns to this very position is frankly, nuts and in complete disrespect of each of our votes. What soldiers die for.

    It is ENTIRELY irrelevant "who" Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich decided to appoint. He is disqualified until he has had his turn in court.

    January 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. lol

    Roland Burris is a stand up guy, the fact that Blago is "dirty" shouldn't reflect on Burris. Harry Reid had a problem with the other 2 candidates who were african american too. Burris is qualified, give him a chance to do the job!

    January 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Rachel

    Burris has been a good man in Illinois. He's kept his nose to the grind stone and his laundry clean. He may be ambitious but he's earned it.
    He is not a big ego person he enjoys working for the people of Illinois and I think it was very rude and callous the way he has been treated. The beef is wih Blago not Burris. So don't kick Burris around.

    January 6, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Jean2

    Where are Burris real friends and family? They should advise him to calm down and work with this issue with class and stay away from the camera. THIS IS NOT GOOD P.R.!!!

    January 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Barry

    Burris is being used as a scapegoat for things he has nothing to do with.

    Is this the change in Washington that we need adults acting like 5 year olds?

    January 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. sue d

    Mr. Burris has not held any office for 14 years, because the voters of this state (IL) would not vote him in. It was not for a lack of trying. He was REJECTED by this state's voters, numerous times. What has he been doing for 14 years? He has become a lobbyist. He has donated much money to the govenor's campaign fund. His clients have also donated to the govenor's campaign fund. His clients have recieved lucrative state contracts handed out by the govenor of Illinois. That he has aligned himself with the govenor and accepted this appointment shows that he has only his own ambitions at heart, not the voters. This seat does not belong to the govenor, the democrats, or Mr. Burris. It belongs to the citizens of the state of Illinois. There is not racism in this rejection of his "claim" to the senate seat. There is no support for Mr. Burris, beyond a small enclave of people, that see personal benefit in this appointment and helping Mr. Burris press his claim. His insistance that he is the senator from Illinois is delusional. He does not represent me, and he hopefully never will. Let the voters in Illinois decide who should sit in that seat-NOW. We're about to vote on a replacement for Rahm's seat. Let's piggy back the senate seat onto that ballot. The money at this point, for this special election, is minimal compared to the damage this govenor and faux senator are doing to this good state.

    January 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Jim

    Mr Burris is the puppet in this play. he knew knew from the get go, what the members fthe senate said. He knew that Blago was tainted and anyone who accepted this appointent would be also, so the question to Mr Burris is, if you want to serve the people of " This Great State" why did you not stand with the people? The elected officials? The people all who know that Blago is dirty as the day is long? Or your ego and knowing that you have lost every race for major office that you ran, this would be the only way you get to Washington? This Mr Burris is not about the people as you claim, this is about your ego PERIOD! and that is the shame of it all!

    January 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. ran

    If the IL court had done their job none of this drama would be happening. also, If Burris was really concerned about the people he never should have accepted the appointed by this Gov.

    January 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Nebraskan

    Jesse White was out of order by not signing off on this....

    There is no court ruling, constitutional clause, NOTHING being used as a basis for denying Burris the senate seat he legally and legitimately obtained.

    January 6, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Nebraskan

    Jesse White was out of order by not signing off on this....

    There is no court ruling, constitutional clause, NOTHING being used as a basis for denying Burris the senate seat he legally and legitimately obtained.

    The Dems are making up rules as they go, and applying them to only the people they want to apply them to....

    January 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Felly

    By law, Burris was legally appointed and should be seated regardless if the Dems do not like Blago. They should put sentiments aside and respect the law. Blago is still innocent until proven guilty. The Dems are acting on a political process which is different from a legal process.

    January 6, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

    The only thing I know about this guy is what has come to light since his appointment. He knew the Democratic Party and President elect Obama opposed anyone being appointed. He was nonetheless offered a chance at power and took it. He then played on race.

    President elect Obama has done more to bring down the walls of racism than anyone since Dr. King. By his own acts at this time, regardless of what he may have done yesterday, Burris is no friend of integrity. Is this who Ill. really wants in the Senate?

    Bobby WC

    January 6, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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