Roland Burris Rejected By Senate

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I’m still not sure why this guy is trying to force his way into the Senate on the back of Blago, but he had to see this one coming.

From CNN:

Robert Baxter says Erickson rejected Burris’ appointment because it does not conform with Rule 2 of the Standing rules of the Senate, which specifically says that the secretary of state must sign the certificate of election along with the governor. The Illinois secretary of state has not signed Burris’ certificate of appointment — only Blagojevich has.

CNN’s Susan Roesgen reports that Burris has filed a motion, a “writ of mandamus,” with the Illinois Supreme Court to force the Illinois secretary of state to sign the certificate. There court has not yet issued a ruling on the issue.

Again, I return to the logic of this. It only hurts Burris and helps Blago. Why would Burris do this?

More as it develops…

  • kranky kritter

    What legal grounds does the secretary of state of the state of Illinois have for refusing to sign such a document?

    I think it’s a shame this has turned into such an unending circus and a p!ssing contest.

    If the IL SoS does not actually have the discretion to exercise judgement on the orders of the sitting governor, she shouldn’t interject herself, ideally. But everyone at the top is blustering and posturing and grandstanding and making threats while the rest of the functionaries are just trying to figure out what they need to do to stay out of the sh!+storm.

    I’m going to guess that the SoS signature is only supposed to certify that the document is a rightful order of the sitting governor, sort of like a notary. I bet they aren’t supposed to enjoy such discretion as is being implied here.

    Lawmakers are trying to keep their own arses covered while giving Blagojevich some sort of due process, but Blagojevich is only using this interim period to cause trouble in hopes of cutting a deal. So the SoS is unlikely to face any flack for overstepping het statutory authority In fact, I would bet she has received explicit promises to that effect. Or maybe she has the statutory right to a certain amount of time in which to fulfill her responsibilities, and is dragging her feet within the bounds of the rules.

  • mike mcEachran

    I predict Burris will win this one. He’s positioned right on the edge of the race card, and that tips this one in his favor. Looking forward to the final act – will be entertaining.