January 11th, 2009
06:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Burris' fate could be decided Monday

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The fate of Senate-appointee Roland Burris could be decided as soon as Monday, Democratic sources said, as the Senate's Parliamentarian and legal counsel worked over the weekend deciphering Senate rules to determine if Burris has met the requirements for admittance.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White cleared the main road block to Burris' appointment by submitting a new document to the Secretary of the Senate on Friday that contained both his signature and the official seal of Illinois, two elements which were missing from the official letter of appointment by Gov. Rod Blagovich, a Democrat, in December.

The new letter was also submitted in conjunction with a revised version of Blagojevich's original certificate of appoint. The date of the revised certificate was changed to January 09, 2009 and the space for White's signature was removed.

White's new document states:

"I, Jesse White, Secretary of State of the State of Illinois, do hereby certify that the attached is a true and accurate copy of a certificate of appointment made by the Governor of the State of Illinois and duly filed in the Office of the Secretary of State of Illinois."

Sen. Dick Durbin, currently the lone Senator from Illinois, told reporters on Sunday, "This thing changes by the day."

Durbin spoke at a private meeting of Senate Democrats for thirty minutes to explain why the new document is important and "what all this means."

"This isn't easy stuff," Durbin lamented. "This thing just keeps gnawing at us. Everyone's being asked about it at home, and I just wanted to give them as much information as i could."

Democratic leaders say that now that the papers have been submitted, the next step is to wait for a decision by the Senate Parliamentarian. This could be followed by a debate and vote of full Senate.

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  1. Sylvia

    How can a corrupt governor appoint Burris to be senator after the people of Illinois did not elect him as senator, mayor or governor when he ran for those positions? This man is self centered and is not thinking about the people of Illinois because otherwise he never would have accepted the position. Blago's wife got a job through Burris's firm and this does not look good. In addition, Google Rolando Cruz to find out how dishonest Burris really is.

    January 11, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Nick

    I do not particularly like Burris, however there is seems to be no legal right to keep him from his seat. He should be seated immediately as the Junior Senator from Illinois. "We don't like the guy who appointed him" is not a relevant legal impediment to Mr. Burris taking his rightfully appointed place in the Senate.

    January 11, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Kevin

    I know that Gov. Blagojevich appointed Burris to this seat, but Burris is a very nice man. He wants to do the job and was smart enough to take it ....because he knew no one else would. I hope he is successful and if he there for 2 years -so be it- maybe he will do well enough to get elected.

    However, please don't arrest Gov. Blagojevich. Don't take him off the scene. Everyone else in the Democratic Party has their stuff together. This is the funniest man on the planet (He's Smart and Funny) keep him around. It takes our mind off this week economy.

    January 11, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Elsworth Gottlieb

    Harry Reid and Dick Durbin should stop playing games with Mr.Durris. Like it or not he has met every legal standard and should be seated without delay.I can understand this kind of action coming from weasly Harry,but Iexpect much better performance from Dic Durbin.I sincerely hope that democrats replace Harry with a leader of substance.Bush has made corn meal of him often enough.

    January 11, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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