January 7th, 2009
02:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Congressional Black Caucus says Burris should be seated

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/07/art.getty.barbara.lee.jpg caption=" CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee told reporters the caucus will put out a statement informing the Senate of their decision to support Roland Burris."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Congressional Black Caucus just finished meeting and voted unanimously to support Roland Burris.

Rep Barbara Lee, D-California, CBC Chairwoman told reporters the caucus will put out a statement soon and inform the Senate of its decision.

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. tired of corporate politics

    Emboldened by Obama's use of the race card to avoid hard critisism, other politicians will follow his lead.

    The rules are now clear – the race card trumps the DNC power broker card.

    Wouldn't it honor the AA heritiage in this country to have AA politicians who have actual strength and character, instead of whining and posturing and threatening?

    January 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    But race has nothing to do with it, right? Bet the vote would have been 100% against if he were white. The very concept of a 'Black Caucus' is racist, and they've just proved it.

    January 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Molly

    Of course they do...

    January 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. AJ

    The Congressional Black Caucus would seat Idi Amin if he were the one appointed. These folks don't care what the issues are, its all about race.

    January 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. McCrazy

    Would the Congressional Black Caucus be involved if Burris was white? Give me a break. This has nothing to do with being black, it has to do with the guy that chose him is under investigation for selling that same seat. Burris just doesn't get it and we have enough people in congress who are out of touch, we dont need one more.

    January 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Black Woman

    "Mike", I agree with you.
    And "tired", Obama never played the "race card". The media did.

    January 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Empty people voted for an empty suit

    Keep it up Dumocrats, this is better than anything on TV and the "selected one" has not even taken office yet......

    Richardson, Gov Bloggy, Reid telling Bloggy NOT to name a black man, Feinstein speaking the truth, Eric Holder........

    Your reign will be a short one thanks to infighting, greed and the stupidity of "selecting" an unproven empty suit based on uh, uh, uh teleprompted words written by a speech writer and NOTHING ELSE.

    Bush was a dolt who couldn't speak, what is the uh, uh, uh, uh difference.

    Maybe I can "you know" ask um , um, Princess Caroline.

    January 7, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. TCM

    Gee....blacks demanding a black....that's a surprise....I wonder if all the members of the black caucus would've voted for Obama if he had been white....hmmm...very racist..indeed

    January 7, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Mrs. A.

    The concept of a "Black Caucus" is not racist. It's necessary. Organizations such as the Black Caucus were originated in order to combat racism, something that blacks have endured to a great extent here in the US. In the case of Burris, I'm not so sure that race has anything to do with it, but could be a contributing factor. There are NO black or Latino or Asian senators...does this not sound a bgit biased to you???

    January 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. CP

    I think Burris was foolish to expect his Certificate of Appointment to be accepted by the Senate when it lacks any form of legal acknowledgment, not even a Notary Public's signature in lieu of the normally used Secretary of State's signature. Without any official certifying the Governor's signature, it is clearly not a legal instrument.

    January 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. J in NJ

    They should support him and so should everyone else. The fact remains Larry Craig was arrested in an airport bathroom and later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, but he got to keep his seat and focus on his job. Ted Stevens was arrested on corruption charges, was tried and convicted, but he was still able to carry out his official duties. Blago has not had any of his powers removed therefore Burris is in. I bet Harry "Stinky" is really pissed at this one.

    January 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. George

    As a black man I am ashamed that race is even being brought up in this situation. Burris is a clown for accepting the job.

    Has the Black Caucus ever heard of the story about the boy who cried wolf. If you keep on claiming racism when racism is not present, its becomes hard to call racism when it is actually present.

    This is ridiculous.

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. David Newport, OR

    who cares? This isn't a race issue...until it can be used as such for someone's benefit.

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Trust

    Mike , Syracuse NY stop whining. It is What it is. Dont you feel powerless Ha Ha Ha. Get use to this and stop complaining .

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. LYNETTE IN CA

    I'M SO SORRY!!! THIS IS NOT A PROUD MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Robert in CA

    Roland Burris has done nothing wrong, but is being treated as if he is the one under investigation by the press and politicians. His civil rights have been violated by a secretary of state using politics for his own advantage and a press corp hungry for Paris Hilton type nonsense. The U.S. Senate should be doing everything it can to make sure that this legal appointment is certified and Mr. Burris seated as soon as possible.

    January 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I am a black woman and Burris should not be seated. I suggest to anyone who thinks he should be seated, he will be swimming with the sharks and it will not serve anyone well.

    January 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. TomT

    The very concept that you just wrote what you wrote I guess shows that your racist. I'm not sure what is going to happen with either Obama or Burriss, but I can just feel the hate.

    January 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. donna

    Well what else are they going to say?

    @"tired"..Obama never played the race card..the media did...deal with it...

    January 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Harry Reid is an idiot

    Senator Burris was legally appointed and all this theater and drama created by Harry Reid is ridiculous......SEAT BURRIS!

    January 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. dora

    THIS IS NOT A BLACK OR WHITE DECISION, IT IS WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY.... I DON'T CARE HOW MANY BLACKS ARE IN CONGRESS...STOP MAKING EVERYTHING AN IGNORANT RACE ISSUE. THIS GOVERNOR HAS NO RIGHTS AND WHY IN GOD'S NAME HE IS STILL THERE IS BEYOND ME AND ANY CONSTITUTION I EVER LEARNED. BURRIS HAS BEEN TAINTED BY THE GOVERNOR. IT IS TOO BAD BUT IT HAPPENED. LET BURRIS TAKE IT LIKE A MAN AND STEP DOWN AND LET THE SYSTEM WORK TO GET THAT PIG BAGNOJAVICH IN JAIL. STOP COVERING THE BUTTS OF THE CONGRESS WHO ARE CORRUPT! TIRED OF FALLING BACK ON RACIAL BULL. IF YOU ARE TOO BLACK TO DO THINGS FOR THE WHOLE OF THE COUNTRY THAN YOU DO NOT BELONG THERE EITHER!!!!!!
    PIGS COME IN ALL COLORS.......... STOP CLAIMING ONLY BLACKS ARE SUPPRESSED IN THIS COUNTRY !!!!!

    SAME GOES FOR THE INDIAN TRIBES....

    January 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Shaleek

    The Black Caucus is a joke. And for the record.. A vast majority of them supported Hillary Clinton in the primary, NOT President Obama.

    I'm a black man who feels Burris should NOT be seated.

    How desperate is he that he's willing to take THIS path to the Senate???

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Oh, I'm so surprised....

    the Black Caucus wants Burris seated......duh....stop talking about this thing-the deal was made last month-Blago appoints a black and then Obama pardons him down the road--

    Get it? This is how Chicago politics works. Just watch it happen.
    Burris has been "IN" all along.

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Bridgette-PA

    Just because the "Black Caucus" says that Burris should be seated doesn't mean that he should. You’re missing the point. Get "RACE" out of your head. There are several non AA's that are saying the same thing. Again, if Blagojevich had the authority as governor to appoint anyone, then it should stand. If he doesn't, then it shouldn't. Let's not feed into this being about race. That's what the media and other people want. They want non AA'S to keep typing negative things about African Americans. It's not right nor is it fair. AA's shouldn't say that Burris should be seated because there isn't another AA in the senate or if Burris was white, he would be appointed.
    "Mike, Syracuse NY" and "tired of corporate politics" – You are throwing AA's under the bus. Why? EVERYONE should say "WAS THIS LEGAL OR NOT?"

    January 7, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. watching

    When all the senators & republican house caucus meets, they don't have to call it white because they all are.
    It's not racism until u suffer at the hands of another race. Until you have experienced it you speak from ignorance.
    Blacks have always voted for white politicans and u say nothing. When whites vote for other whites for 200 years u say nothing
    Speaking up now says a lot!

    January 7, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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