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. Mari


    January 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Marshall

    Regardless of whether he is black, white, or purple, Burris has been appointed by the Governor of Illinois. The Senate has to seat him. When his seat is up for re-election, let the citizens of Illinois sort this out.

    January 7, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Albo58

    The unbiased Congressional Black Caucus unanimously supporting this opportunistic, arrogant stooge??? Has this report been thoroughly researched and re-evaluted? Wow, just didn't see this indorsement coming! By the way, after reviewing the Constitution recently I couldn't find which amendment allowed for the establishment of this racist glee club either, can anyone else?

    January 7, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Nicole

    I was waiting for the CBC to step in and decry this whole situation and take Burris down a peg for being unethical and ungraceful enough to accept the appointment, even if they can't call him out on legal grounds.

    So much for that idea. They had an opportunity to destroy every piece of race politics Blagojevich threw into this mess, and they just tossed that opportunity aside by doing this.

    Frankly, our officials in Congress and the Senate are supposed to be a voice for the People. For the most part they haven't been, not for a long time, and this proves it: I think the people have made it pretty evident that they feel that Burris should do the decent thing and step back from the appointment until Blagojevich's verdict comes back. Flinging open the door for him because they have to, legally, is one thing; rolling out a welcome mat is quite another.

    Since when does race supercede every other factor of qualification? Urgh.

    January 7, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Mari

    @ TIRED OF WHINING LIBERALS.............. Whose whining??? I am a Catholic woman, a Liberal, I am not whining nor do I know any other liberal who is whining.

    I THANK GOD, have never taken a dime from the government. Are you saying its wrong to get help when one needs it????

    How about ALL the FAT CATS on Wall Street that Bush & Paulson bailed out? IS IT OKAY TO GIVE GOVERNMENT MONEY TO THEM?

    And...... 54% of Catholics voted for Barack Obama, are we whiners too?

    January 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Kurt C.

    He's tainted by the Democrat Culture of Corruption. He should have refused to accept.

    January 7, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    Is there a Congressional White Caucus?

    January 7, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Slider

    Wait a minute...

    Is this the "same" Barbara Lee that was the "only" member of the House who voted against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, and when asked why she voted against Congress recognizing the President's primary duty stated, "it gives the executive too much power."?



    Dems are so stupid.

    January 7, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Darryl

    Everyone who is calling the Black Caucus truely don't know what it stands for. There is a White Caucus....Its called Congress....Owning this country for 400 years is not enough for you guys....you want to control everything and everyone....Kind of reminds me of slavery.
    You want to say America is a free country and you can be what you want to be. What you don't say is that as long as its being controlled by caucasians. With that being said,

    Burris has every LEGAL right to be seated. I may not like it and you may not like it but Blago. hasn't been indicted on any charges so he can do whatever he wants at this point. I personally dont think he is qualified, but if Blago wants to seat Bugs Bunny in the Senate we have no right to argue with that selection.

    January 7, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. vincent - phoenix

    Mike in Syracuse...
    @Isaac, I have to agree with Matt. Slavery of blacks by other blacks existed in Africa long before there was a US. Most blacks sold into slavery were sold by other blacks.

    @Bridgette-PA. I'm not throwing AA's under the bus. I'm throwing the Black Caucus under the bus.


    Obviously 'not' being African American, you will NEVER see the need for a minority group organization. Very simply, there is power in number. I am sure even you understand that.

    ok.... we now return you to Mike in Syracuse's regularly scheduled nasty comments.....

    January 7, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. M

    Hey People!

    We would not need a Congressional Black Caucus if the United States senate reflected the enthic makeup of this country. Most of you are right, this is not a race issue; but the race card got played in this dirty arena of "good ole boy" politics. Get over it. Our goverment officials need to LOOK like all Americans...and you better believe the Hispanics, Asians, etc will be there soon too. The tide needs to turn.

    January 7, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. john from sandiego

    as long as there is a black caucus, racism is still alive...right Maxine...

    January 7, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. California Gold

    Observation: this woman needs another hair-do. That looks like something from Sesame Street Big Bird's tail.

    January 7, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Bill

    I am AA but I can tell you guys you may have worn a battle but will loose the war. Angling on racism for the seat vacated by Obama whose victory rests squarely on diversity and non affirmative action is bull.

    In any case whose said a Black would not have been appointed at the appropriate time when Blago matters are dwelt with?

    Shame on you BC its the high time you lived in the 21st America where character and integrity must be supreme. Burr is tainted for giving Blago cover and accepting the appointment in a shoddy way to frog jump other potential candidates

    January 7, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Liana


    January 7, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @closet republican. I've had the conversation with blacks before (black vs, AA.), and know there's no uniform answer. My point is that if we all think of ourselves as Americans rather than part of some subgroup, it draws us together rather than push us apart. Notice that when the US Olympic team is in action, we rout for the USA, not the black guy, or white guy, or hispanic guy. And no, I didn't know some Native Americans are OK with the term 'Indians'. If Burris is seated it WILL be because of the race card, and his seat would rightly be labelled the Senate's 'black seta', because he would be there solely foor racial reasons. I'm hearing a lot of the same arguments from women's groups in NY over selecting Caroline Kennedy to fill Clinton's Senate seat, as if it were a desigmnated 'woman's seat'. What happened to selecting the best person?

    January 7, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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