Quinn makes the list
The Chicago Tribune, without any details, is reporting that Roland Burris will be seated as Illinois’ junior senator.
This comes following a clear message yesterday from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Rules Committee. She told reporters that Burris should be seated.
"If you don't seat Mr. Burris, it has ramifications for gubernatorial appointments all over America," she said. "Mr. Burris is a senior, experienced politician. He has been attorney general, he has been controller, and he is very well-respected. I am hopeful that this will be settled."
Whether this comes to pass is up in the air, but there is some meat to chew on here.
Reaction from the Illinois Republican Party has been strong, and right on target.
“The Illinois Republican Party today called on Rod Blagojevich’s Lt. Governor Pat Quinn to keep his promise by continuing to push for a special election,” the party said in a press release.
“When Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris, Quinn rejected the appointment, calling it an ‘insult to the people of Illinois’ and continued calls for a special election if he became governor.”
Now there is growing talk that Quinn was involved in back room deals and changed his mind.
Whether that comes to pass as true is also up in the air, but, again, there is some meat here to chew on.
Blago can’t stay out of trouble, and decide who comes first — himself or the people.
Oh, wait it’s himself.
Quinn, it appears, can’t make up his mind who comes first — the party or the people.
Oh, wait it’s the party.
“Lieutenant Governor Quinn made a promise to the people of Illinois and we expect him to keep that promise,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna. “Endorsing Roland Burris or anything short of a special election is breaking his promise to the people of Illinois.”
It’s hard to argue against that point.
The Illinois GOP added that a USA Today/Gallup Poll showed a majority support a special election and reject Burris.
The poll showed the majority — by nearly a 2-1 margin — 51 percent to 27 percent — said the senate should block Burris from taking the seat. A similar majority — 52 percent — said Illinois should hold a special election as soon as possible to fill the office.
In a editorial published today I wrote that Blago and Burris were highest on this list of politicians making short-sighted decisions.
Quinn, it seems, needs to be right up there with them.