“Illinois is too important to its 18 million citizens to have a chief executive who is now incapacitated,” said Roland Burris at a December 13 news conference, prior to his nomination to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat in Illinois. What’s curious to me is that despite his statement on December 13 that Rod Blagojevich, the “chief executive” of Illinois, is incapacitated, Roland Burris apparently had no problem accepting Blagojevich’s nomination to fill President-elect Obama’s Senate seat.
As CNN is reporting, Burris has also filed paperwork asking the Illinois Supreme Court to require Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White “to certify Governor Blagojevich’s appointment of Mr. Burris to the office of United States Senator from the state of Illinois and do all other acts required to confirm such appointment.” It’s been what, two days since Burris was announced as Gov. Blagojevich’s nominee for the U.S. Senate seat and already he’s played the race card and initiated legal action? Boy, he really is anxious – or desperate – to become Illinois’ next U.S. Senator.