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Roland Burris can’t get no respect

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January 6, 2009

Although he calls himself a senator, Roland Burris has found little support among fellow Democrats in his effort to take the Senate seat to which embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him.

The Senate was scheduled to convene at noon Tuesday with its newest members. Yet the controversy over the appointment of Burris by a governor accused of trying to sell the old seat of President-elect Barack Obama and the ongoing dispute over election results in Minnesota practically guaranteed that both seats would remain empty by day’s end.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that Burris would not be permitted to take his seat because Burris "has not been certified by the state of Illinois," a reference to incomplete paperwork that only touches on the dispute. Senate Democrats maintain that Burris’ appointment is tainted because of the charges against Blagojevich.

While Blagojevich has signed formal appointment papers, Jesse White, the Illinois secretary of state, has not, and Senate rules require that signature. Burris, in turn, has gone to court hoping to win an order for White to sign the necessary paperwork, and he has also threatened to sue to take his seat in the Senate.

Burris, 71, declared, "I’m a United States senator" before leaving Chicago for Washington. However, he is not and cannot be a senator unless he is administered the oath of office.

In spite of his stance, Burris told reporters that he would not make a scene at the Capitol. He was to meet privately on Wednesday with Reid.

Some of Burris’ supporters have bemoaned the fact that Democrats would stand in the way of the Senate gaining its only black member. Burris himself downplayed the issue of race, telling reporters: "I cannot control my supporters. I have never in my life, in all my years of being elected to office, thought anything about race."

2 Responses to Roland Burris can’t get no respect

  1. SNAFUBAR

    January 6, 2009 at 11:19 am

    nice racist by-line!

  2. John H Kennedy Denver CO

    January 6, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Blagojevich got away with appointing Burris because the Democrats in the Illinois House didn’t act quickly enough to Impeach Blago. Impeachment is a political judgment call that an official is no longer fit to remain in office. It does not require a criminal investigation. The Illinois Democrats know that Blago has gone beyond the pale just as well as the US House Democrats know that Bush and Cheney have as well and Should Be Impeached, regardless of the late date.
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    REP. KUCINICH ON JAN 6TH
    SHOULD RENEW HIS BATTLE
    TO IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY

    THE AMERICAN DREAM INCLUDES
    the Freedom From Having To Fear A Dangerous, Over Reaching President & Vice President.
    The House was given the responsibility to rein in an over reaching president with impeachment. This is not Obama’s responsibility alone. It is primarily the responsibility of Congressmen.

    OVER 4,200 US Soldiers WOULD STILL BE ALIVE
    IF BUSH & CHENEY HAD NOT CONNED CONGRESS
    WITH WMD LIES, odered TORTURE
    And a host of other abominations.

    The DEADLINE to stop this expansion of power is Jan 20th.

    There is plenty of desire among voters for impeachment.

    CHAIRMAN CONYERS of the House Judiciary Committee
    RECEIVED A PETITION WITH OVER

    ONE MILLION SIGNATURES
    ASKING FOR Impeachment HEARINGS
    And IGNORED IT.

    Voters have appreciated Kucinich’s impeachment efforts thus far, but he needs to continue to press
    for impeachment prior to January 20th.

    Kucinich may say that Pelosi made him stop
    trying to impeach Bush and Cheney,
    But

    “SHE MADE ME DO IT” Won’t do!

    Kucinich owes this to Our Soldiers Who Died For Bush’s Lies, the Constitution, our Rule Of Law and the Voters.

    FILE AN IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION
    THE FIRST DAY!

    REP. WEXLER And ALL OF KUCINICH’S CO-SPONSORS of his prior Impeachment resolutions SHOULD BE FILING THEIR OWN/SEPARATE RESOLUTIONs AS WELL,

    UNLESS THEIR SUPPORT WAS JUST
    TROLLING FOR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS.