On December 9, Illinois Congrssman Bobby Rush said, “Governor Blagoyevich should not appoint anyone to fill Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.”
Rush said then that anyone appointed by the Illinois Governor would be “tainted.”
The December 9 remarks by Representative Rush appeared New Year’s Eve on the Fox News Channel.
Yesterday Bobby Rush strongly supported the Illinois Governor’s appointment of Roland Burris to fill the vacant Illinois U.S. Senate seat in blunt racial terms.
“I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee while you castigate the appointer,” Rush said at Blagojevich’s news conference yesterday. “Let me just remind you that there presently is no African-American in the U.S. Senate.”
Rush also threatened to “take this issue to the Congressional Black Caucus” if the Senate rejected Burris.
U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris, right, to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Bobby Rush and Governor Rod Blagojevich are now on one side of this debate and President-elect Barack Obama and Senator Harry Reid are on the other.
As for Mr. Burris and his qualifications to serve, well, at Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery he has erected a granite mausoleum listing his many accomplishments.
Who else in the state of Illinois has a granite resume?
In summary, in Illinois we have a Governor that nobody much likes, allegedly tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat and has refused all advice. Add to that a Congressman who isn’t sure what he said a few weeks ago and a nominee to the U.S. Senate with an ego and mausoleum the size of a condo.
Above: Roland Burris has erected a mausoleum listing his accompishments in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery.