January 7th, 2009
02:02 PM ET
14 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. JWMII

    Honestly, Daniel, I am curious what era in American politics do you consider decent.

    January 7, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Charles Kline

    Totally agree with comments made by Chicago GOP, Paul Denman and Tired of Whinning Liberals....by the way, why do we even have Black and Hispanic caucuses in our Congress, seems like they only draw racial and ethnic lines in our Congress. Hmmm, I wonder how peope would feel if someone tried to create a White Caucus...people would be calling them racists and White Supremists in a heart beat. It's time our Congress stopped being afraid to take positions without worrying about stepping on the toes of the black and hispanic caucus.

    January 7, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Matt

    @ daniel cabrera

    "So, by that line of reasoning..."


    Clearly, you adhere to a loose definition of reason.

    January 7, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Fools

    Since Burris himself said this was not a racial issue, why is the black caucus saying anything.

    Blagoboy is laughing his head off, while Congress is running around with their heads chopped off.

    Stop being idiots, stop talking to the press, just accept this guy or not but SHUT UP about. You look like fools, which is exactly what Blagojevich wants. He's smarter than you guys. Just shut the heck up. You're making a mockery of the Congress. SHUT UP.

    January 7, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Meh

    Mike...I do believe this is the first time I've agreed w. you!

    Burris is an opportunist. He just wants the seat and will do whatever it takes (inc. playing the race card) to get it, regardless of how the people of IL feel about the whole thing.
    Whatever happened to judging a man by his character and not the color of his skin? His willingness to accept the position from Blago doesn't say a whole lot about his character...

    January 7, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Soccer Nana

    The Congressional Black Caucus needs to be DISMANTLED, since it does not accept "elected" officials who are not black and represent minority black districts.

    January 7, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Fred, MD

    I'm black and I think the Black Caucus is wrong. This is not a cause to rally around–Blago is an idiot and anyone who supports what he wants is an idiot. Wrong move Black Caucus. Rod is making you look like fools.

    January 7, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Griff

    America going backward... What happen's in 2012.... A white-Man is Elected... Blacks will shout: "Racism".... What is this Mr Obama....; Black America????

    January 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Linda From NJ

    Blagojevic has not been indicted or impeached and he hasn't resigned. Whether you like it or not he LEGALLY can appoint anyone he likes. His name is still on the door in the Govenor's office. He goes to work everyday and continues to perform the duties that he was elected to do. He continues to sign bills. He continues to pardon prisoners. He just signed a bill stating when the primary elections will be held in the state. No one is saying anything about all the other duties that he is continuing to perform. You cannot pick and choose what he can LEGALLY do as the govenor because you don't think he SHOULD. Like him or not he's still the govenor and until he is LEGALLY removed from office or resigns he can continue performing the duties of his office including appointing a Senator of his choosing to represent the citizens of his state. He was LEGALLY bound to do it and he DID.

    January 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. libertarian

    As much as I think the Governor of Illinois is a scum bag, and should be removed from office, there is no reason not to sit Burris. He himself has done nothing improper to attain this seat and therefore as far as I can tell he has all the legal leverage on his side and the Senate will have no choice at some point to seat him. The democrats right now are just making themselves look foolish by refusing to sit this honorable man.

    January 7, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Meh

    daniel cabrera....oh, please. Obama won his presidency fair and square. Absolutely NO fraud involved. I didn't see Captain Crunch show up to vote, did you?
    When will you sore losers stop whining?

    January 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. jason

    Why is it that everything has to come down to race? Why can't we just say a person any person is qualified and let us place them on thier merits? Why do we have a divide like a black caucus or any other one race party? Why can't there be just a caucus that says hey this person should get this becuase he or she deserves it. I'm tired of the race card aren't you?

    January 7, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. abdul S


    January 7, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Sara Infinger

    We need to know what the Congressional White/Other Caucus has to say.....

    January 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. phil.c


    January 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Newport News, VA

    This is issue is sooo yesterday. Seat the man already.

    January 7, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Booger

    Congressional Black Caucus says Burris should be seated.

    Congessional Black Causcus Be Stupid!

    January 7, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Virginia

    Everyone must stick together.......

    January 7, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Black and not for Burris!

    Burris is an opportunist. No respectable person would have accepted an appointment from Blago. Color isn't the issue, its a question of character. HE SHOULD NOT BE SEATED.

    January 7, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Isaac

    How can race not play a role in USA, when USA supported the kidnapings of African people and sold to slavery for centuries. With that history, race will always play a role USA. So get used to it racist people. Even though we have a black president, white people still owe a lot to black people.

    January 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. TX_C

    "Race" was NOT an issue until Harry Reid and Blago made it one in their conversation about what candidates (Jackson, Jones, Davis) should not be selected as the IL Senate.

    Wake up people! Race will always be an issue in this country. It should not define or limit ones ability to achieve success in life.

    In this case, Burris should be seated - given the Democrats miss handled this situation. Harry Reid need to let the ego go.... GET THIS MESS OVER. We have bigger problem to solve in this country.

    January 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Stacy

    Can we now get rid of the "black causcu" and the NAACP and all of these other race groups???? Can we now just move along as Americans??? If not how about......a "white caucus" and a NAAWP and other race groups that will make sure that white people get a fair shake.

    I hope that our president-elec is going to be looking out of "whites" like all the white presidents have. I'm tired of "black privilege"....

    January 7, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |

    whatever they need to stop making this about color please!

    January 7, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Why is this a Black issue?

    January 7, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Carl from MI

    All Burris needs is a stamp from the Illinois SoS on his form and he's legally a US Senator...

    Just because Blogo got caught with his hand in the cookie jar... doesn't mean he isn't allowed to perform the duties of his office. Now if he's under indictment or impeached from office that would be a diff story. But so far, his prosecution has been all talk and no action.

    By law, he's innocent until proven guilty just like any of us are. Either put him in jail, impeach him, or let him do his job..

    January 7, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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