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Mr. Burris Goes to Washington [UPDATED]

UPDATED: The Illinois Secretary of State is refusing to certify the appointment. Blago could constitutionally force him to as it is a clerical act, but would he?

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Rod Blagojevich has laid hands in the pocket of Roland Burris and extracted a United States Senate appointment for him.

That Burris would accept such an appointment means he is (A) an idiot; (B) corrupt as hell; or (C) all of the above.

Harry Reid has already leaked that Burris is unacceptable.

Someone should audit Burris’s finances to see how much he paid. Someone else should start asking Burris if he paid for the seat.

As a reminder of the awkwardness of Blago’s decision to go on and appoint someone while the cloud of corruption hangs over him, here is Harry Reid’s letter to him from earlier this month. The relevant portion is bolded.

Dear Governor Blagojevich:

We write to insist that you step down as Governor of Illinois and under no circumstance make an appointment to fill the vacant Illinois Senate seat. In light of your arrest yesterday on alleged federal corruption charges related to that Senate seat, any appointment by you would raise serious questions.

It is within the authority of the Illinois legislature to remove your power to make this appointment by providing for a special election. But a decision by you to resign or to step aside under Article V of the Illinois Constitution would be the most expeditious way for a new Senator to be chosen and seated in a manner that would earn the confidence of the people of Illinois and all Americans. We consider it imperative that a new senator be seated as soon as possible so that Illinois is fully represented in the Senate as the important work of the 111th Congress moves forward.

Please understand that should you decide to ignore the request of the Senate Democratic Caucus and make an appointment we would be forced to exercise our Constitutional authority under Article I, Section 5, to determine whether such a person should be seated.

We do not prejudge the outcome of the criminal charges against you or question your constitutional right to contest those charges. But for the good of the Senate and our nation, we implore you refrain from making an appointment to the Senate.

Sincerely,

Harry Reid

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