Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It looks like the Roland Burris saga is about to come to an end.
Thanks to pressure from Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and a certification from the Illinois Secretary of State, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has capitulated and will go ahead and seat Mr. Burris despite the fact that 52% of Illinois voters oppose the appointment.
Burris is the first U.S. Senator to be appointed by a governor who was arrested for corruption charges involving conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and solicitation of bribery. This month, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to impeach Blagojevich by a vote of 114-1.
But hey, what’s a little taint between friends?