Durbin: We Still Won't Seat Burris
By Eric Kleefeld - January 9, 2009, 5:25PM
Dick Durbin just made a very bold announcement, in the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court decision that Roland Burris does not need the Secretary of State's signature on his certificate: As far as the Senate is concerned, Burris still needs that signature for his appointment to be legal and valid, and the seat will just have to stay vacant.
"At this point we've clearly reached an impasse," Durbin told reporters in Chicago.
Most legal scholars at this point believe the Burris appointment to be legal, and that an attempt to keep Burris out can be successfully challenged in court. But it's become obvious by now what Durbin's and the whole Democratic leadership's strategy is: Keep stalling on this thing long enough for Rod Blagojevich to be kicked out of office.
Now, follow that. The Illinois Supreme Court has declared that Roland Burris DOES NOT NEED the Secretary of State's Signature. But, Durbin's saying it doesn't matter.
Durbin is saying that the seat should remain vacant.
Illinois U.S. Senate seat to stay vacant - Durbin
Reuters North American News Service
Jan 09, 2009 17:05 EST
CHICAGO (Reuters) - No one can occupy the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama until the governor of Illinois is removed and a new appointment can be certified, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Friday.
Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, was reacting to the Illinois Supreme Court's ruling denying a motion by Roland Burris that the state's secretary of state certify his appointment to the seat.
Secretary of State Jesse White has refused to sign the appointment by Gov. Rod Blagojevich because of corruption charges against the governor, which included accusations he tried to sell the seat.
"At this point we've clearly reached an impasse," Durbin told reporters at his Chicago office.
He said the Senate seat could remain vacant until Blagojevich is removed from office and the lieutenant governor takes over, making a fresh appointment.
He said the Senate cannot waive a 125-year-old rule requiring the signatures of both the governor and the secretary of state on any election or appointment. (Reporting by Andrew Stern; editing by Michael Conlon and John O'Callaghan)
Well Dick, I'm glad that signature is SOOOO important to you, cause now your worries are over.
Because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse " They're not going to make ME the patsy" White has indeed signed on the dotted line.
Following a decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, Jesse White, the Illinois secretary of state, has certified Roland Burris' appointment to the Senate, removing a major roadblock blocking Burris' ascension to the body.
According to his office, White has signed a certificate saying that Roland Burris' appointment document is "true and accurate."
The shyt ain't subtle and you ain't slick. Stevie Wonder can see your stalling tactics.
But, it's time for you two to act like GROWN MEN.
Point 1: Admit you got PUNKED by Blago
Point 2: Swear Roland Burris in and get about the business of this country.