Blago's Man In A Fighting Mood

Jonathan Garthwaite
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Posted: Jan 01, 2009 3:34 PM
Burris is going to court to get his Senate seat and Harry Reid says No, No, No.

Would-be Sen. Roland Burris has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to force the state’s secretary of state to certify his appointment — an effort to prevent Senate Democrats from using the lack of certification as a way to block Burris from taking Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. 

But Senate Democrats have a “Plan B” to keep Burris from being sworn in, regardless how the Illinois Supreme Court rules. Senate officials tell Politico that if presented with Burris’ appointment, they are likely to give the Rules Committee 90 days to determine the propriety of it by looking into such issues as whether Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich received anything in return for it. 

“A motion to refer credentials to the committee has the effect of delaying seating,” a Senate Democratic aide said. “The motion is debatable and amendable.” 

Another official explained: “That buys us 90 days.” 

That should be enough so the senators won’t have to act to prevent Burris from joining the chamber. Blagojevich’s defiance inflamed Illinois legislators, speeding up the impeachment process.