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Burris Determined to Take His Senate Seat Tuesday
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Source: NY Times

Barack Obama's appointed successor declared Tuesday he's qualified to take a seat in the Senate and said he'll go to Capitol Hill to do just that.

''I'm presenting myself as the legally appointed senator from the state of Illinois. It is my hope and prayer that they recognize that the appointment is legal,'' Roland Burris said in a nationally broadcast interview just hours before the Senate convenes with the start of the 111th Congress. Burris dismissed the Senate Democratic leadership's position that he cannot be seated because he was appointed by a governor accused in a criminal complaint of trying to benefit financially from his authority to fill the seat that Obama vacated after winning the presidential election.

''As I read the U.S. Constitution,'' he said on CBS's ''The Early Show,'' it says the ''governor shall fill a vacancy, and as a former attorney general of my state, I have no knowledge of where a secretary of state has veto power over a governor carrying out his constitutional duties.''

Burris also maintained that the announcement by Gov. Rod Blagojevich Monday of a date for an election for a successor to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., proves the governor still has legal authority to carry out his duties.

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  -Burris Determined to Take His Senate Seat Tuesday depakid  Jan-06-09 07:01 AM   #0 
  - He has a good point on Emmanuel's seat  Hokie   Jan-06-09 07:04 AM   #1 
  - he can`t-  madrchsod   Jan-06-09 07:09 AM   #2 
  - I really don't think it matters what you think. I think it is determined by law. But then again, I  IsItJustMe   Jan-06-09 07:50 AM   #5 
  - If the Sect of State is a Repo and doesn't want a Dem he can block it?  John Q. Citizen   Jan-06-09 09:25 AM   #9 
     - a dam good democrat  madrchsod   Jan-06-09 02:39 PM   #13 
     - I mean anytime any where. If you believe the law allows an SOS to block a governor's appointment,  John Q. Citizen   Jan-06-09 11:32 PM   #16 
     - By what authority?  Winterblues   Jan-07-09 10:07 AM   #19 
        - i agree.  John Q. Citizen   Jan-07-09 04:21 PM   #21 
  - Yeah right Like Harry Reid will do anything about it. Al Franken should show up too. n/t  fasttense   Jan-06-09 07:19 AM   #3 
  - Burris  byeya   Jan-06-09 07:37 AM   #4 
  - Looks like the Democrats aren't much different that the Republicans after all.  IsItJustMe   Jan-06-09 08:08 AM   #6 
  - You know. I've changed my mind. After reading all this BS about Burris, I think he's corrupt, too.  w4rma   Jan-06-09 08:47 AM   #7 
     - The law is the law and what you or I think about it doen't mean a damn thing.  IsItJustMe   Jan-07-09 10:12 AM   #20 
  - Idiot... he's supposed to be some kind of lawyer?  Piewhacket   Jan-06-09 08:59 AM   #8 
  - If the law says the SoS shall affix his seal. If the context of shall forms an order.  Wizard777   Jan-06-09 09:52 AM   #10 
     - The SOS has refused to affix his seal to the appointment ..  Piewhacket   Jan-06-09 12:13 PM   #12 
        - The SoS is violating the Illinios Constitution as well as the US Constitution.  Wizard777   Jan-06-09 03:57 PM   #14 
           - The appointee Burris would file the suit, which he has.  Piewhacket   Jan-06-09 07:56 PM   #15 
              - Burris will be seated, and soon.  John Q. Citizen   Jan-06-09 11:35 PM   #17 
                 - He will need to be certified first...  Piewhacket   Jan-07-09 01:41 AM   #18 
                    - No, he won't. There is no law that states that.  John Q. Citizen   Jan-07-09 09:50 PM   #22 
  - Actually the Senate is violating the Fifth Amendment.  Wizard777   Jan-06-09 10:01 AM   #11 

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