Illinois Secy of State Suggests Senate Making Him ‘Fall Guy’ and His Signature is Not Required for Burris to Be Seated

Jan 7, 2009 1:42pm

On Chicago’s WGN-AM radio today, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White — who did not sign the certification for Roland Burris to be named to the U.S. Senate — said his signature was "not required" for the U.S. Senate to seat Burris, and he agreed with the suggestion that the U.S. Senate was making him a "fall guy."

"They could have seated him without my signature," White said. "My signature’s mainly ceremonial rather than being a point of law."

White said the U.S. Senate "played a little bit of a game" with Burris on Tuesday. "They have the authority to put the gentleman in place."

White said he was standing by his announcement made after Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest that he wouldn’t be party to Blagojevich naming anyone to replace President-elect Obama in the U.S. Senate, unlike Burris and Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, who had originally made similar comments but then changed their minds once Burris was named.

"My word is important to me, sir," White said.

After host John Williams suggested the U.S. Senate was making White the "fall guy," White said, "you’re absolutely correct. It’s ugly. Ugly."

White did offer a prediction: "Roland Burris is going to be seated," he said.

List to the interview HERE.

– jpt

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