Should Roland Burris Have Been Welcomed on Capitol Hill?

Jan 6, 2009 6:39pm

Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois has been making the case that an African American should fill the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.  Today, Roland Burris — who is an African American politician appointed by disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill the seat — came to the Capitol to be sworn in.  With media swarming, Burris was turned away by the Secretary of the Senate.  Burris’ appointment has not been signed by the Illinois Secretary of State…the party feels any appointment by Blagojevich would be poisoned. Here’s how columnist Clarence Page saw today’s scene on Capitol Hill:  "Contrary to Rep. Bobby Rush’s prediction, Roland Burris turned away at the door to the Senate did not look like a scene from the segregated 1960s in the south. It looked more like a disco in the 1970s where the bouncer ordered him to wait his turn behind the velvet rope.  I used to say during his earlier attempt that Burris wanted to be a senator "in the worst way." Little did I know that years later he would find one of the worst ways to become a senator — appointed by a governor who is an accused of trying to auction the seat to the highest bidder."

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