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December 30, 2008

Breaking: Blago To Fill Obama's Seat (Bumped and Updated) Reid's Office Says No Dice



Above the original post update
: From the Politico via Hot Air (which has more on Burris):

Majority Leader Harry Reid views Burris as "unacceptable," the aide said.

I'm going to need some popcorn. Stat!


Original Post...

Chutzpah, defiance and the hair...that's the Blago we've come to know and loathe.

Gov. Blagojevich today is expected to name former state Comptroller and Attorney General Roland Burris to Illinois' vacant U.S. Senate seat, a knowledgeable source said this morning.

A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, 71, had lobbied the governor for the position in recent weeks.

Here's Burris' law firm bio. He's obviously a party guy and my guess is everyone will say nice things about him, his unquestionable personal integrity and how he represents a choice everyone can agree on so no taint here, move along and we'll fight it out in two years. Cause that boys and girls is the Chicago way.

Below the fold is a letter Harry Reid and all the Democrats in the Senate sent few weeks back to Blago saying don't make an appointment.


We write to insist that you step down as Governor of Illinois and under no circumstance make an appointment to fill the vacant Illinois Senate seat. In light of your arrest yesterday on alleged federal corruption charges related to that Senate seat, any appointment by you would raise serious questions.

It is within the authority of the Illinois legislature to remove your power to make this appointment by providing for a special election. But a decision by you to resign or to step aside under Article V of the Illinois Constitution would be the most expeditious way for a new Senator to be chosen and seated in a manner that would earn the confidence of the people of Illinois and all Americans. We consider it imperative that a new senator be seated as soon as possible so that Illinois is fully represented in the Senate as the important work of the 111th Congress moves forward.

Please understand that should you decide to ignore the request of the Senate Democratic Caucus and make an appointment we would be forced to exercise our Constitutional authority under Article I, Section 5, to determine whether such a person should be seated.

We do not prejudge the outcome of the criminal charges against you or question your constitutional right to contest those charges. But for the good of the Senate and our nation, we implore you refrain from making an appointment to the Senate.

What are you going to now Harry?

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