U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris, left, speaks as his attorney Timothy Wright III listens during the Illinois House Impeachment Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, in Springfield, Ill.
Does Democrat Senate Majority Leader really want a lawsuit and a confrontation in the United States Supreme Court over this matter?
Roland Burris may return to Washington next week to demand that he be accepted as the legitimate Senate appointee to replace President-elect Barack Obama and be sworn into office, according to a Burris adviser.
If Burris’ appointment is not accepted, he will file a lawsuit challenging Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democratic leadership’s refusal to seat him, the adviser said.
“Unlike last time, there’s now a sense that we’ve been forced into a corner and must be more direct with Senate leaders,” the adviser said. “They’re breaking the law and act as if they have the upper-hand and can dictate terms for an entire state. There is nothing left to negotiate, they must seat the legally appointed senator.”
Reid and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have refused to seat Burris, arguing that his appointment by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was not certified by the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White.
But on Friday night, White submitted a document to the Senate certifying Burris’ appointment. White’s action followed an earlier decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, which ruled that Blagojevich’s approval alone was all that was needed for Burris to take the seat.
Reid’s office said that the Democratic leadership was consulting with its own legal team and made no decision yet on its response to this latest development.
Harry Reid and his second in command Illinois Senator Dick Durbin have until Sunday PM to cut a deal with Burris.
Otherwise, why would Burris wait?
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