Corruption, chutzpah, race and adventure: it is hard to figure what might be next in the Rod Blagojevich caper.
Roland Burris has to face his U.S. Senate colleagues, or be turned away, or just not show next week. Rumor has it that Blago may show to appear on the Senate floor himself: where sitting U.S. Governors are allowed but unseated appointees without a signed permission slip from their state are barred.
Burris says he is legal but so is a lot of seafood.
Burris and Bobby Rush are making plans to attend Barck Obama’s inauguration but Blago’s appearance is not yet on the agenda. He has proven he can dance but would he be welcomed?
Blagojevich has seved up a racial teaching moment like never before seen in America, as Ruben Navarrette points out on CNN….
Will Burris Be Barred from Senate With Guns?
From The Wall Street Journal
The man appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama suggested he would challenge any effort to block the move, but said he is confident Senate Democrats will relent and let him take the job.
“We think they will come around and recognize that the appointment is legal and valid and I am the junior senator from Illinois,” Roland Burris said during an interview at his office.
Mr. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, spoke Wednesday as it became clear that Mr. Blagojevich had offered the post to at least one other African-American politician, and as U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald sought more time to seek an indictment against the governor — and perhaps widen a five-year-old case that already has resulted in felony convictions.
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