Race enters fight over filling Obama's Senate seat

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    Dec 30, 2008 8:44 PM GMT
    Me: Blagojevich is one sick fuck. This brings back the Clarence Thomas Affair.


    Race enters fight over filling Obama's Senate seat
    By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer
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    WASHINGTON – A House Democrat is daring Senate leaders to block a black man from taking President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

    Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois points out that Roland Burris would be the only black man in a chamber populated overwhelmingly by white senators.

    Senate Democratic leaders earlier Tuesday added an explicit note of support for Burris personally, but not for his appointment by the embattled governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. The leaders said the Democratic caucus would refuse to seat Burris if Blagojevich appoints him, and called their stance a reflection of the scandal-tainted governor.

    Blagojevich denies charges that he tried to sell Obama's Senate seat for personal gain.

    The 71-year-old Burris is a former Illinois attorney general.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Democrat is daring Senate leaders to block a black man from taking President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

    Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois points out that Roland Burris would be the only black man in a chamber populated overwhelmingly by white senators.

    Senate Democratic leaders earlier Tuesday added an explicit note of support for Burris personally, but not for his appointment by the embattled governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. The leaders said the Democratic caucus would refuse to seat Burris if Blagojevich appoints him, and called their stance a reflection of the scandal-tainted governor.

    Blagojevich denies charges that he tried to sell Obama's Senate seat for personal gain.

    The 71-year-old Burris is a former Illinois attorney general.

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    Dec 30, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    Blago is so desperately trying to be seen as legitimate and above the influence of charges of gross corruption. I could see trying to use leverage against the state Democrats who will impeach him, but against the US Senate?

    At least Elliot Spitzer brushed the whore off his teeth and resigned.
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    Dec 30, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidBlago is so desperately trying to be seen as legitimate and above the influence of charges of gross corruption. I could see trying to use leverage against the state Democrats who will impeach him, but against the US Senate?

    At least Elliot Spitzer brushed the whore off his teeth and resigned.


    I must admit the American politicians these days seem to have a lot of chutzpah. Stevens in Alaska, the guy in the South (Williams?) who had $90,000 in his freezer, Eliot Spitzer and finally Mr. Blagojevich trying to sell off a senate seat. Canadian politicians are boring saints in comparison.
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    Dec 30, 2008 11:19 PM GMT
    One thing you gotta like about this guy. He makes for awesome political theater.
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    Dec 31, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    This is a despicable act by the Governor. Any person he tries to appoint as Senator is doomed, because of his own corruption, not the merits of his appointee.

    A Black could well replace Obama as Illinois Senator, but not by the hand of this disgraced Governor. His appointing a Black is a cynical maneuver, meant to confuse the issue.

    The only issue is the Governor's corruption and unsuitability to appoint anyone to Obama's Senate seat. I would be happy to see a Black take Obana's vacacny, but no one associated with the current Governor. It's getting to the point where maybe a lynch mob needs to step in and end this travesty.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28438529/
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    Dec 31, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    Well. He is the governor. He has not been removed from office by any legitimate means. He can still act as governor and all of his orders carry the weight of his office. He is innocent until proven guilty. He holds his office until legitimately removed.

    If his appointee is qualified and there isn't evidence that this appointment was 'purchased'. Why not honor it? Someone has to fill the job. Is the seat to be left unfilled until the Ill state senate gets its act together, holds an impeachment hearing and follows through with an impeachment - months at the least. Meanwhile the senate will be voting on an 850 billion dollar stimulus package and discussing China trade policy. Just maybe Illinois needs to be represented.



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    Dec 31, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    OHhiker saidWell. He is the governor. He has not been removed from office by any legitimate means. He can still act as governor and all of his orders carry the weight of his office. He is innocent until proven guilty. He holds his office until legitimately removed.

    If his appointee is qualified and there isn't evidence that this appointment was 'purchased'. Why not honor it? Someone has to fill the job. Is the seat to be left unfilled until the Ill state senate gets its act together, holds an impeachment hearing and follows through with an impeachment - months at the least. Meanwhile the senate will be voting on an 850 billion dollar stimulus package and discussing China trade policy. Just maybe Illinois needs to be represented.

    Illinois will be represented in the US Senate, just not by anyone appointed by this Governor. The Senate leadership has already declared that fact.

    Blagojevich is merely causing trouble for trouble's sake, a pathetic attempt to deny his own inevitable removal. The next US Senator from Illinois will be chosen by a vote of the people, if the state legislature's will prevails.

    This diversion by Blagojevich will be brushed aside, a sad footnote in Illinois history. I still think the Governor should end up at the end of a rope in a tree on the state house grounds.