Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Roland Burris heads to IL Supreme Court for Obama's Senate Seat

This is getting uglier by the day.....

Democrat Roland Burris went to the Illinois Supreme Court today to fight to be seated in the U.S. Senate.

Burris, appointed by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday to the seat once held by President-elect Barack Obama, asked the justices to force Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to co-sign Blagojevich's proclamation that Burris is the state's new senator.

The senate never should have gotten into this mess.

Here are the court filings, and I said Burris was going to fight this.
White's action may be little more than symbolic, but it could provide the U.S. Senate just enough reason to stand up against seating Burris, a Democrat who previously served as the state's attorney general and comptroller. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called White today to "thank him for his strong position on this important matter," White spokesman Henry Haupt said.

White, also a Democrat, already had said he would not sign the proclamation, given that the governor has been charged with corruption related to his alleged attempt to auction the Senate seat.

On Tuesday, White spokesman David Druker said the secretary of state's office doesn't believe White's refusal to sign the document would have any practical impact on Blagojevich's appointment of Burris.

"We feel the governor can still take the appointment to the Senate," Druker said.

Lucio Guerrero, the governor's spokesman, said White made his decision and "now it's up to the courts to decide."

The only one who lawyered UP was Blago and again, he may just have the last word.

Oh, US Attorney Peter Fitzgerald asks for a 90 day extension on the Blago case. So, much for Blago out by, what? January? February?


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