SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
This just in… Burris to appeal special election ruling

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010

* 2:19 pm - You had to figure this would happen

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris is moving ahead with a legal challenge to a judge’s decision blocking new candidates from filing to run in a special election for the final months of President Barack Obama’s old Senate term.

Burris filed a notice Wednesday evening indicating that he will appeal U.S. District Judge John Grady’s ruling that the parties’ nominees for the Nov. 2 general election would automatically be placed on the ballot as nominees for a special election to serve between Election Day and the start of the next Congress.

That decision would make Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Rep. Mark Kirk the major-party candidates in a special. But Burris wants the option of running for the seat himself, in order to serve an additional few weeks in his appointed office. […]

“He’s not concerned about serving or not serving two months,” Wright said. “If this is going to be a critical time to vote, then you need somebody who’s been there.”

It just never ends here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


36 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:25 pm:

    Well judging by the Politico video that was posted in another thread, it looks like Burris almost has a grasp of Senate rules for debate. It would be a shame to have him leave early after all that practice with the gavel.

    The motion to defer is, um, something, uh…, little help? Another few months and he’ll learn what “point of order” means.


  2. - Pale Rider - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:25 pm:

    Does his sense of self importance know any bounds?


  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:26 pm:

    Maybe Burris wants on the tombstone:

    “Winner of Special Election for US Senate seat”

    Just a thought ….


  4. - Wensicia - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:32 pm:

    He’s been there? How much of him was there in the video of him tying to chair proceedings? Peter Sellers in ‘Being There’ comes to mind.


  5. - He Makes Ryan Look Like a Saint - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:33 pm:

    Will he just go away!!!


  6. - Stones - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:39 pm:

    Mr. Burris seems to be focused on screwing up what used to be a pretty decent legacy.


  7. - Been There - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:41 pm:

    While I will agree that this special election is just plain stupid, I think Roland has a point. Not one that I would put any effort into helping with but the judge should have also opened up a way for independents to get on the ballot and not just those already on the ballot for the real election.
    Actually, it would have been interesting to see how much support Roland would get getting signatures and then getting bounced in a petition challenge.


  8. - MrJM - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:46 pm:

    It’s madness.

    And I mean that in the most literal of senses.

    – MrJM


  9. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:49 pm:

    I’m with Burris on this one. Why does a federal judge get to select the candidates in any election?

    The judiciary sat on this issue for months, only to come late to the ballgame with their ridiculous ruling mandating a special election.


  10. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:51 pm:

    Gee, if we had the special election when it was supposed to have been held, all these problems would have been negated.

    Thanks Democrats! Your opposition to a special election has lead to this mess. Now Roland wants to be the icing on the cake?

    But let’s not forget who got us into this huge mess in the first place.


  11. - Team America - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:54 pm:

    Run, Roland, Run!


  12. - Yukon - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:54 pm:

    Burris should be satisfied with his ill-gotten “Senator” title. Does he want to PROVE that he’s not electable? He wasn’t concerned with fighting for a timely special election.


  13. - BigTwich - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:54 pm:

    “Gee, if we had the special election when it was supposed to have been held, all these problems would have been negated.”

    I believe the Judge indicated the only date the Governor could have designated for a special election was the general election this November. So, we are having an election when we should.


  14. - Been There - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 2:54 pm:

    ===Thanks Democrats! Your opposition to a special election has lead to this mess===
    Not all Dems Louis. Marty Oberman, who was behind the lawsuit, was a Dem last time I noticed.


  15. - OneMan - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:10 pm:

    Perhaps we can get Bill on the ballot….


  16. - Tom Joad - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:18 pm:

    Only the mind of Burris could justify this move. There he is a legend!


  17. - Downstate - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:22 pm:

    The special election may become very important if Kirk wins it. Many believe that the Democrats will try to pass additional controversial legislation during the lame duck session, particularly if they know they’re going to be losing control. Another Republican vote makes it one harder to get to 60 on a cloture vote.


  18. - sal-says - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:22 pm:

    Just saw goofy Alan Keyes in the news again; this Burris gambit sort of reminds me of Keyes.


  19. - Wumpus - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:33 pm:

    I bet the Alexi people cannot be happy about this. I know there will be two seperate spots on the ballot, but somepeople will claim they were confused


  20. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:54 pm:

    Wumpus,

    You beat me to it. Alexi cannot be happy if Burris is on the ballot. This ballot is already complicated enough with having to vote twice for the same office, but more names on the second line confuses voters more.

    But, Burris is absolutely right to challenge the judge’s decision. No matter where you fall on the curve, you have to admit there is something not right about this whole mess. And I am sure the other senate candidates will join him in the suit. Just like Obama always blames Bush, I will always blame Obama for this mess. His election was obviously a mistake.


  21. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:54 pm:

    I never thought I would say this, but:

    “Good for Burris.”

    The feds do have the right to order the state of Illinois to hold a special election.

    The do NOT have the right to dictate how the candidates for that special election shall be chosen.


  22. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 3:59 pm:

    YDD,

    Perfectly said (bet you never thought you’d see me say that to you, huh).


  23. - Anon - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 4:01 pm:

    ==I believe the Judge indicated the only date the Governor could have designated for a special election was the general election this November. So, we are having an election when we should. ==

    The Legislature could have changed the law to set a different date if they truly wanted to abide by the Constitutional requirement.


  24. - John Bambenek - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 4:07 pm:

    I’m still unclear how having a special election for US Senator is a requirement in the Constitution… It’s an allowable option, sure.


  25. - Truth monger - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 4:08 pm:

    Rich,

    I think it will end in November and there will be an entire new group of people in charge. Not necessarily better but the Democrats have been an utter failure at governing.

    Burris is just the most clownish of the lot.


  26. - Vote Quimby! - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 4:15 pm:

    Did Burris already pay to have “U.S. Senator 2009-2011″ on his tombstone?


  27. - Concerned Voter - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 4:17 pm:

    Roland, we now know you would like to continue to vote however Durbin tells you to for a while longer. Please, do us all a favor and just go away quietly.


  28. - the Patriot - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 4:19 pm:

    I was against a special election, not because I favored Burris or any appointment, but because Republicans had no shot at the seat at a time when Obamarama, was in full effect. I did not want a viable democrat in the seat which would have to be challenged in this election. Thank God Rod appointed Burris.

    The Senate Dems including Durbin and Reid who ultimately got behind Bursis are to blame for this nonsense. They should have never seated him. They should have said on day one, we will not seat anyone appointed by this Governor. Instead they yieled to an inflamatory act of a madman.


  29. - David Ormsby - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 4:46 pm:

    Go, Roland, just go.


  30. - Fed Up State Employee - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 5:59 pm:

    Let Roland run.

    Then we, the voters, can send him a message that he apparently doesn’t comprehend at this point.


  31. - Amalia - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 6:23 pm:

    I neither love Alexi or Kirk, and I certainly am no fan of Obama, but I’ll take anyone over Roland and Obama over Bush any
    day. it feels good to sweep away the venal people.


  32. - ANON - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 10:19 pm:

    John, you have it backwards. The 17th Amendment state that the executive of the State shall (must) call an election to fill a vacancy, and the legislature of that state may (doesnt have to, but can) allow an appointment until said election is held. The temporary appointment is optional, the election is not.


  33. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 10:41 pm:

    I’m not confused. Nor am I falling for any Democratic embellishments on this topic. From the time Burris was appointed through today, there was plenty of time to have a special election. But for some mysterious reason (snark) Democrats did not want to hold one.

    So the Democrats in the name of “good government” left Burris in office instead of calling for a special election. Ponder that for a while. And Quinn, as chief executive, was supposed to call for one, right? I guess it would have meant the “early release” of Burris from that position! (snark again!) Perhaps if someone used the words “early release” Quinn would have jumped and called for the early election instead of letting an obscure lawsuit quietly work its way through the Federal Court system if someone whispered “early release” in his ear? Just askin’!

    The current mess of the special election can be properly and only laid at the feet of the Democrats who created it.

    Wait until voters see U.S. Senator appear TWICE on their ballots with most of the names appearing TWICE! Talk about chaos on the horizon. Who are the voters going to blame for that one? Republicans who wanted the special election held like, LAST YEAR? The party that denied them the right to vote and appointed ROLAND BURRIS? The Democratic Party of Illinois with the assistance of the National Democratic Party.

    Thanks Democrats! I truly mean it! (snark)


  34. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 5, 10 @ 11:15 pm:

    Louis,

    With all due respect, and by your logic, shouldn’t Jim Thompson and Speaker Ryan have called a special election when Alan Dixon was appointed?

    And I haven’t yet traced the nomination history of the judge or judges who belatedly came to this ruling, so I think it’s premature to blame the Democrats for this debacle.

    As far as I can tell, Marty Oberman is the Democrat to blame for this, and he also should get the credit if the Supreme Court upholds this ruling. The way I remember it back after Rod got arrested, a special election was the radical idea: appointment was the status quo.

    We’re all mad about the court ruling, but please don’t lay this mess entirely on the Democrats. Feel free to remember some history here.


  35. - Louis G. Atsaves - Friday, Aug 6, 10 @ 8:55 am:

    47th,

    I don’t blame Oberman, I admire him for doing the right thing. Check your appointment dates more carefully.

    Sorry, but the Democrats blocked all efforts at a special election. The result is our being “represented” by Roland Burris for nearly two years by the time the special election as court ordered is finally held.

    The court delays in deciding this matter are abominable.

    The Democrats own this one all by their themselves. Again, when the voters see their ballots and the two simultaneous elections, it will be the result of Democrats doing them a major injustice.

    That’s why I conclude all my comments on this topic by saying: “Thank’s Democrats!”


  36. - ivote - Friday, Aug 6, 10 @ 9:46 am:

    The issue at hand is Roland Burris and his demand to be on the ballot (not whose “fault” this is). This is sad sad sad. . .makes Burris look even more like an egomaniac, but more importantly can do real damage to Illinois. Whichever of the major candidates wins the full term in November would (without Burris in the race) undoubtedly win the short term. He would thus obtain more seniority than the other newly-elected Senators who start in January. In the U. S. Senate, seniority is a BIG deal. Roland, do all of us a favor–stop this ego-driven silliness, have a little dignity, and move on!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's cable TV buys
* *** UPDATED x1 - Griffin gives another million *** Rauner giving more cash to state GOP
* Question of the day
* Schimpf trying to raise money to air radio spot
* This is what you'd call a "tell"
* #QsforQuinn
* Frerichs wants Cross to call off the state party dogs
* Rauner Internet ad pairs Quinn with Blagojevich
* Bost claims poll shows him up by 4
* More than just unclear on the concept
* Quinn: "Everybody in? I'm driving"
* The sleep gap
* DCCC releases second Bost "rant" ad
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first
        * Android L devices to encrypt data by default
        * Pebble launches Firmware 2.5 with emoji support
        * Apple iPhone 6 Plus unboxing (Video)
        * Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
        * Despicable Me Minion Rush updated with new levels
        * GCI and T-Mobile strike LTE roaming deal

        * Build Your Own Tea Brewing Machine for $15
        * US judge fines Texas man $40 million for bitcoin ponzi scheme
        * How Much You'll Have to Stretch Your Thumb to Use the New iPhones
        * Save Money at Whole Foods with Bulk Buys
        * The New Normal: Business Understanding
        * 10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits
        * This Week's Most Popular Posts: September 12th to 19th

        * Updates: Former White Sox playing meaningful September baseball
        * Hot corner belongs to Gillaspie on South Side
        * Predicting Jose Abreu's place in the American League MVP vote
        * Royals offense unflappable, even against Chris Sale
        * Konerko, White Sox stop at the Trop to face Rays
        * Sale roughed up by Royals, loses AL ERA lead
        * Royals 6, White Sox 2: Chris Sale roughed up


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Quinn: No pension 'plan b' before court ruling..
        * Political papers sent home with Blue Ridge stud.....
        * AP Interview: Governor says Illinois shouldn't .....
        * Web Extra: The Week in Review: 9/19..
        * IAPO raises awareness on obesity..


        * Elgin police aim to recruit Spanish-speakers
        * Fallon to pay up, broadcast show in Chicago
        * Quinn: No pension 'plan b' before court ruling
        * Prostitution sting leads to 13 arrests in Paducah
        * Board chairman defends UI job denial to professor
        * Farm accidents increase in Illinois over past year
        * Twitter parody plays differently in middle America
        * 16-year-old victim of Old Town shooting identified
        * Crestwood officials OK tainted water settlement
        * Highland teachers accept new contract, end strike

        * Quinn: No pension ‘Plan B’ before court ruling
        * Sangamon Co. judge: Libertarian candidate for governor can stay on ballot
        * Illinois’ jobless rate continues 6-month decline
        * GOP’s Rauner no fan of gambling, airport slots
        * GOP’s Rauner no fan of gambling, airport slots
        * Jeb Bush headlining Chicago fundraiser for Rauner
        * Rochester resident to lead State Board of Elections
        * GOP appeal seeks to knock Libertarian gubernatorial candidate off ballot
        * Jesse White to focus on technology, highway safety if re-elected
        * Rauner’s ethics reform plan targets lobbyists, lawmakers

        * Fallon to pay up, broadcast show in Chicago
        * Will it play in Peoria? If it's a Twitter parody, maybe not
        * With pension overhaul on the brink, Quinn says there's no backup plan
        * Why hacked Home Depot will suffer less than Target
        * Pabst to be sold to Russian brewer


        * Teen victim identified in fatal shooting; officer responding to call shoots self in foot
        * Apple fans answer the iPhone’s call
        * Charges to be announced in shooting death of 9-year-old
        * Lawyers allege state Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in FBI sting
        * Chairman of U of I board of trustees says not hiring Twittering prof was right call
        * U of I board chairman says not hiring Twittering prof was right call
        * Tightwalk across the Chicago River is ‘real deal’
        * Apple fanatics camp out to answer the iPhone’s call
        * 8-year-old boy shot in face in Auburn Gresham neighborhood
        * Another sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Joliet Diocese


        * Injured vet gets free house: 'Tim paid a price for this home'
        * 3 charged in fatal shooting of boy, 9; 4th suspect being questioned
        * Man found guilty on all counts in murder of girlfriend, 15
        * Man shot, critically wounded on South Side
        * Prosecutors want to try as adult girl charged in Endia Martin's slaying
        * Relative charged in South Side shooting that injured boy, 8
        * Police: Woman, boyfriend confess in slaying of her mother in Bali
        * Girl rescued from retention basin near Plainfield middle school
        * Alert: Attempted child abduction in Albany Park neighborhood
        * 'Slow Roll' biking aims to revitalize Chicago neighborhoods


        * Quinn Defends Public Education, Though He's A Product of Private Schools
        * Chris Mooney: More Evidence-Based Policymaking Needed
        * African Drumming At Southwind Park On Saturday
        * Investors gather in Chicago seeking cannabis businesses
        * Climate, Space Create Challenges For Local Food
        * Can A Governor Really Create Jobs?
        * How do you find high school dropouts?
        * Governor's Race Has A Third Contender; Judge Keeps Libertarians On Ballot
        * Humanities Film Series Kicks Off In Jacksonville
        * Court Ruling Could Impact Governor's Race


        * Quinn: No pension ‘Plan B’ before court ruling
        * Sangamon Co. judge: Libertarian candidate for governor can stay on ballot
        * Our Opinion: Anchor’s cancer struggle hits home
        * Bob Gilligan: Advisory questions seek voter input — sort of
        * Illinois’ jobless rate continues 6-month decline
        * GOP’s Rauner no fan of gambling, airport slots
        * Esther Cepeda: Pity the vanishing bobolink
        * Jeb Bush headlining Chicago fundraiser for Rauner
        * Christopher Mooney: Evidence in policymaking — no cure-all, but better than the alternative
        * Eugene Robinson: Hillary Clinton needs to tell us her vision


        * 5 things to do: Belleville's big party is here
        * Who's in the news? Jasmine Babers
        * 'We can live together': Priest speaks about living in Muslim area
        * Roger Goodell press conference 9-19-14
        * Green Earth, KCB to hold native plant sale
        * Davenport's Donchez to become top cop in Overland Park
        * Plea to misdemeanor domestic battery brings probation
        * Two charged over break-in at convenient mart
        * Cruise Nite returns to ‘classic’ location
        * Nice day in C-U


        * Suburbanites storm Apple for new iPhone 6
        * Three charged in Wheeling car burglaries
        * Iowa man faces aggravated battery charge in Volo road rage attack
        * Goodell: ‘Same mistakes can never be repeated'
        * Images: Photo Contest Finalists

        * Shimkus in Danville office next week - Cha...
        * Shimkus office hours set in Danville - Cha...
        * Keeping the Internet Open and Free | Comme...
        * Illinois vote: Dems split on aid for Syria...
        * Polly Sulcer goes to Washington to push Co...
        * Deadline set for military academy applicat...
        * Shimkus Accepting Applications for Militar...
        * Shimkus representative to be in Fisher - R...
        * Efforts to streamline discovery, developme...
        * Shimkus Discusses Presidential Policies - ...

        * $2.7 million awarded for Illinois substanc......
        * Democrats introduce bill to tax overseas-p......
        * Democrats introduce bill to tax overseas-p......
        * Democrats introduce bill to tax overseas-p......
        * Democrats introduce bill to tax overseas-p......

        * Senators, Energy CEOs Call for Long-Term E......

        * GCA community forum with Karen Lewis
        * Illinois Job Creators: Do-Rite Die & Engineering's Alan Szymanski
        * UPS to hire 8,700 in Chicagoland
        * Campbell named CRS of Year in Illinois
        * How well do you know your Millennial clients?
        * Champaign news anchor tells viewers he has four to six months to live
        * Di Leo: Reflections on the Question of Scottish Independence
        * Steinem To For Campaign For Quinn
        * Progressive Reform Caucus Joins Call For End To CPS Interest-Rate Swaps
        * Crossroads GPS Gets $10 Million Donation From Adelson


        * Illinois Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rauner for Governor
        * Rauner Web Ad: “Cut from the Same Cloth”
        * Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates International Day of Peace
        * Quinn Misleads Public on IDOT Again
        * Governor Quinn Visits Chicago’s Hydro, Inc. as Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop - State Jobless Rate Reaches Lowest Level in Six Years




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller