Wow, wow… What the hell is going on in Illinois? Its like a fucking third world country in the middle of Africa or Latin America or one of those crazy Eastern European countries. But, did you see that amazing Chicago Senate appointment news conference? Troubled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (I love this dude) has just defied all and appointed a successor to fill Barack Obama‘s vacant U.S. Senate seat, a seat the governor is charged with trying to sell to the highest bidder. Blagojevich named former Illinois Attorney General and fellow Democrat Roland Burris, 71 yeard old, to the seat vacated by President-elect Obama, also a Democrat. I have always thought that New Jersey (Hudson county mainly) as the most corrupt state in America but Illinois (Chicago) is a true contender. I know Obama is pulling out his hair right about now.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, in Chicago.
U.S. Senate Democratic Leaders have vow to block Roland Burris from being seated just moments after he was appointed.
Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on federal charges that he tried to sell or trade the seat to the highest bidder. Blagojevich has denied wrongdoing and vowed to stay in office.
Blagojevich’s lawyer had said earlier that the governor did not plan to defy the Senate leaders and impose an Obama successor on them.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said that Illinois Gov. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn should make the appointment, and the Senate Democratic caucus signed a letter supporting that option.
Reid said in a letter to the governor: “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.”
Blagojevich’s lawyer, Ed Genson, had told a news conference Dec. 17 that the governor did not plan to try to make the appointment. “Harry Reid said that they’re not going to accept anybody, so why would he do that?” Genson said.
Blagojevich announced the appointment at a 3:00 p.m. news conference, defying his critics at home and in Washington.
Burris became the first black politician to win statewide office when he was elected comptroller in 1978 — the first of three terms. He served one term as the state’s attorney general, but he failed in three attempts at the Democratic nomination for governor, losing to Blagojevich in 2002.