Friday, January 02, 2009
One has to admit that senator designate Roland Burris from Illinois has one thing goimg for him–audacity and boldness!
Despite the fact that the Senator designated to certify newly elected and appointed senators has publicly said he would not give Burris an office, nor issue him any payroll checks. Mr. Burris is taking his appointment, by arrested and still Governor Blagojevich, seriously. So much so that he is planing on taking a plane or train ride(he has not decided yet which) to Washington to talk to “people” to straighten everything out!
All this preparation despite the fact that President-elect Barack Obama has opposed the appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris by Rod Blagojevich to his vacant Senate seat.
Disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested December 9, 2008 by FBI agents and charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as solicitation of bribery for attempting to sell the vacant seat. Under local law, the Governor appoints replacement Senators.
Obama said in a statement that he agrees with the decision by Democratic leaders not to approve the appointment. Source :The Inquisitr Blog
One thing Illinois politicians seem to have in common is the affinity to believe that they can talk themselves out of any predicament or adverse situation.
In this case the appointment was done despite the impending impeachment and or jailing of the Governor, and apparently in disregard of the public wish to have a general election to fill the Obama Senate seat.
While I have to admire his audacity. I question his wisdom in going to Washington unless he plans to make this a racial issue that could cloud and obfuscate the will of the people of Illinois. A few times since his appointment, the race card has been used to support his appointment, and deflect any contrary opinions about the legitimacy of the Governors appointment.
Let us all hope that this does not become a racial issue instead of a legal issue for the sake of legitimacy in the Senate. We have had too much race bating already!