Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Impeachment hearing open thread *** Burris: No quid pro quo *** Genson: Adam not defense attorney, don’t expect Adam to testify *** Burris wraps it up ***
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Impeachment hearing open thread *** Burris: No quid pro quo *** Genson: Adam not defense attorney, don’t expect Adam to testify *** Burris wraps it up ***

Thursday, Jan 8, 2009 - Posted by Rich Miller

* 2:52 pm - OK, campers, Roland Burris’ testimony should begin soon. Listen or watch here or click here to watch CBS2’s live feed, or check CNN or the Tribune, etc.

* 3:04 pm - Rollcall

* It’s not up yet, but exhibit 68 will have some details about the governor’s campaign finances since July 1. You’ll eventually be able to find it here.

* Roland Burris is now being given the oath.

* Republican Spokesperson Jim Durkin asked Burris about his thoughts after Blagojevich’s arrest. Burris said “surprised,” and Rep. John Fritchey objected to the line of questioning, saying it seemed irrelevant. “Our role… is to investigate Rod Blagojevich and not Roland Burris.”

* Durkin: Have you read the criminal complaint? Burris: No.

* Durkin: When did you first become interested in the vacant seat? Burris: After Obama won the Democratic primary for president.

Burris said he brought up the vacancy in July of last year with Lon Monk, during a meeting where Burris was trying to get state business. That would be new info, and not so great for Burris. Monk’s cellphone was tapped by the feds and he was this/close to the guv.

[Uh-oh, my site seems to be slowing down. Traffic anyone?]

* Burris says that as of today he’s not a registered lobbyist with the state, county, city, federal, etc.

* Tribune

Before Gov. Rod Blagojevich picked him to fill the state’s empty U.S. Senate seat, Roland Burris called a top Blagojevich staffer to recommend his nephew for a state job, a close Burris aide said today.

Fred Lebed, who runs a lobbying and consulting firm with Burris, said Burris called Blagojevich’s top financial officer John Filan on behalf of his nephew, Steven Burris, who had applied for a job as a chief financial officer with the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency.

The Trib is also live-blogging.

* Burris is being pressed on the dollar level of state contracts received by his lobbying clients. Burris said he didn’t know, but his attorney said he would supply that information.

* Burris: Over an eight-year period of time made just over $11,2000 in campaign contributions to Blagojevich. Individually, he gave $4500. Durkin said, including the law firms, the total was far higher in the past six years.

* Burris seemed to have trouble remembering whom he lobbied for. He listed the mortgage brokers and tobacco interests and then drew a blank.

* Burris said he hasn’t contributed to the Blagojevich campaign since July of 2007. He said he didn’t know if his law firm contributed since he had no control over that. He said he did not bundle nor did he hold a fundraiser for Blagojevich. He attended one funder last year, and held a fundraiser for candidate Blagojevich in 2006.

* Durkin asked whether anyone from Blagojevich’s staff asked him to get involved in the 2002 primary race. Burris consulted with his attorney and said: “The answer is ‘No’ Rep. Durkin.”

* Now we’re getting to Telephone USA Investments, which gave a $1.2 million contribution (via a loan) to Burris in 2002. The only other individual to receive a contribution from the company was Rod Blagojevich in 2006. The idea here is to tie Burris closely to Blagojevich through this company. Burris said he didn’t know what the relationship the company’s owner has or had with Blagojevich.

* Durkin is being asked what, exactly, he’s getting at by Rep. Lou Lang. Durkin then asked Burris if he asked the company owner to contribute to Blagojevich. Burris said he didn’t. Durkin wants to know whether there’s conditions for repayment of the loan. The attorney objects, the chair asks Durkin to finish with the line of questioning.

* Durkin is now quoting from Burris’ claim last month that the governor was incapacitated. Burris said that if he was attorney general at the same time that Lisa Madigan was, he’d have taken the same action she took. “There’s an obligation… to make a determination as to whether or not the statute applied to the governor.”

Burris’ defense of that statement is that since the Supremes kicked out LMadigan’s motion, the governor is essentially not incapacitated.

* Durkin: Should the governor resign? Burris: I have no authority over the governor. That is his decision and he said he would not.

Do you support the impeachment efforts of this committee? I don’t know what the evidence is..

* When asked by Rep. Flowers whether there was any quid pro quo of any kind, Burris replied: “Absolutely, positively not.”

* So far, nothing has really come up except some allusions to other deals. If Durkin has evidence that contradicts Burris’ testimony, then there will be trouble. If Durkin has no such evidence, then these are just questions.

* Oy. Rep. Bill Black is popping off again. Black was asking questions about whether Burris agreed to any deal in Washington, DC about whether Burris would run again. Fritchey interrupted and wondered what, exactly, that has to do with Burris running in 2010 and Gov. Blagojevich.

* Burris denied knowing anything about how Mrs. Blagojevich got a job with the Chicago Christian Industrial League. Burris’ business partner, Fred Lebed, sits on the CCIL board of directors. Lebed has flatly denied that he played a role in the hiring, claiming that Gery Chico was the one who pushed CCIL on Mrs. Blagojevich’s behalf.

*** Ed Genson: Sam Adam, Jr. is not the governor’s criminal defense attorney and will not be. *** Interesting. Adam, of course, approached Burris on Blagojevich’s behalf.

* Burris said Adam did not discuss anything with him about the governor’s criminal case.

* Burris said he didn’t know all the ramifications of the governor being stripped of his federal security clearance, and that he would check with Sen. Durbin on what authority he had before acting.

* Burris: “The governor will have to deal with his problems that he has… but I will in no way be trying to interfere with any legitimate information being brought against the governor. That is not my purview.”

Burris further clarified the purpose of his meeting last year with Lon Monk: He said he was seeing if Monk had “excess clients in the lobbying business.”

* You gotta wonder what the Republicans thought they were gonna accomplish with this. So far, as I’ve noted above, they haven’t looked all that great.

*** Genson told the committee “Don’t count on Mr. Adam answering” questions about his role in the Burris recruitment.***

*** Burris has been excused. *** Burris: “God bless you all, happy new year.” 5 minute recess.

       

111 Comments
  1. - carbon deforestation - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 2:58 pm:

    video feed is up, mics aren’t on - no audio


  2. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 2:59 pm:

    Looks like a nice crowd. Suppose they expect some action today?


  3. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:03 pm:

    I heard someone say the room mic is up now. Then, silence. Is anyone talking?


  4. - carbon deforestation - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:04 pm:

    audio on now, roll call


  5. - Blue in DuPage - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

    audio is up


  6. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

    Everybody’s got their the-national-press-is-watching duds on.


  7. - carbon deforestation - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:07 pm:

    Those campaign finance records won’t be very useful to this committee (more useful to the USA) it takes days to comb through and make the connections between contributions and contracts either via your own database or using Hynes’s open book tool.


  8. - carbon deforestation - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:08 pm:

    Fritchey looks even darker today. Did he spray on some extra for the CNN cams?


  9. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:08 pm:

    Reading exhibit 45… Wow….


  10. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:09 pm:

    -oath of office

    Only in his own mind, only in his own mind


  11. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:09 pm:

    Currie made a point of calling him Attorney General. Durkin called him mister. No senator.


  12. - Anon-athon - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:11 pm:

    No opening statement? Hmmm…


  13. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:12 pm:

    Love the lawyer whispering in his ear!


  14. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:12 pm:

    Here it is…

    http://media.suntimes.com/images/cds/pdf/aryamemo010809a.pdf


  15. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:13 pm:

    Roland didn’t read the Complaint? REALLY?


  16. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:13 pm:

    He hasn’t read the complaint? Seriously?


  17. - Lurker - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:15 pm:

    He’s conferring with his lawyer on virtually every answer.


  18. - bmrnp - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:15 pm:

    Boy, he can’t even answer his own questions! His lawyer has to whisper every answer in his ear. That’s very suspicious.


  19. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:15 pm:

    Rod probably hasn’t read it either.


  20. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:17 pm:

    Fritch.. Stop defending Roland, let him do it…


  21. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:17 pm:

    I can’t get on!!!!!!!!


  22. - Lurker - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:17 pm:

    What’s Fritchey’s problem? Sheesh


  23. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:17 pm:

    Nice going Fritchey!
    What does all this have to do with Rod?
    Burris is not on trial.


  24. - Toni H. - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:17 pm:

    The guy behind Currie is picking his nose! For God’s sake Man - get a puffs!!!!


  25. - WCIL - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:18 pm:

    What’s Fritchy got to hide? He seems rather nervous today


  26. - walter sobchak - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:18 pm:

    Why is Fritchey attempting to shield Burris? This is making the Democrats look even worse.


  27. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:20 pm:

    Also nice job trying to avoid mentioning the name of the attorney.


  28. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:20 pm:

    C-SPAN has the hearing on cable. Comcast cable 21 for the central Illinois. Check your cable access if available.


  29. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:21 pm:

    Lawyer Sam might as well add that ’s’ to his last name. Nobody gets it right.


  30. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:21 pm:

    It is making the Democrats look fair, Wally.


  31. - Roy Cone - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:22 pm:

    Burris’ lawyers are from his own firm (Gonzalez, et al.). According to its website, Tim Wright III used to be Bobby Rush’s chief of staff, and Burris himself is “senior counsel” with the firm. One would think that Burris can answer his own questions without assistance.


  32. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:22 pm:

    HOLD THE BUS! The Governor’s defense attorney, Sam Adam Jr. is offering the senate vacancy to Burris?????


  33. - Lurker - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:23 pm:

    The questions aren’t unfair. Possibly unnecessary, but not unfair.


  34. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:24 pm:

    ===offering the senate vacancy to Burris?===

    Um, yeah. Where’ve you been?


  35. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:25 pm:

    He’s Chancey Gardner?


  36. - Hair today, gone tomorrow - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:29 pm:

    Wow, Roland must have been one heck of a lobbyist. He can’t remember his clients.


  37. - Macoupin County Kid - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:29 pm:

    “HOLD THE BUS! The Governor’s defense attorney, Sam Adam Jr. is offering the senate vacancy to Burris?????”

    WAIT A MINUTE! The Governor has been arrested????


  38. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:29 pm:

    Rich,

    ===Um, yeah. Where’ve you been?===

    Mostly answering irate phone calls. Sorry.


  39. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:30 pm:

    C-SPAN also has the hearing online. Go to their website c-span.org and then click on the link for live radio/TV. The first c-span channel has the hearing.


  40. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:30 pm:

    Spare us the cheap prosecutor tricks. Why ask Burris to testify to the public record? OK, Roland, off the top of your head, rattle off all of your clients since 2002.


  41. - wndycty - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:32 pm:

    Is Durkin auditioning for AG?


  42. - Porcupine - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:32 pm:

    You would think Burris would be better prepared for some of these questions…he must’ve spent most of his time the past couple of days buying office furniture.


  43. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:34 pm:

    Roland shouldn’t have brought his lawyer along. It just looks bad. Not that the lawyer is doing anything wrong, but that voters should expect Burris to be able to present himself in a more open manner.

    So far, the Committee is doing exactly what I thought it would do. It is asking questions that shouldn’t have to be asked. With each question, and with each passing minute, and with each Burris response, Burris is getting soiled, regardless.

    Every time his lawyer pipes in, Burris loses credibility.

    Burris didn’t get elected, but we are seeing him as a candidate. Candidates don’t present themselves as though they are at a trial.

    Not good.


  44. - walter sobchak - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:34 pm:

    I didn’t leave my buddies lying face down in the mud in Viet Nam to be called ‘Wally’ William.


  45. - wndycty - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:36 pm:

    Is Durkin trying to establish Burris as a stalking horse for Rod in 2002?


  46. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:36 pm:

    Sorry Wally. You should have gone to Canada.


  47. - Levois - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:37 pm:

    Not liking Durkin’s questions!


  48. - A Citizen - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:37 pm:

    Ms. Chairwoman Currie, do you now or have you ever had a contract with Perry Mason and if not, why not?


  49. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:37 pm:

    When Burris stalls, he reminds me of those pro bowlers just before they throw that 9th frame.


  50. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:38 pm:

    Wow. Roland seems even more clueless than I imagined.


  51. - BandCamp - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:39 pm:

    Any momentum the Repubs hope to keep in this ordeal is fading fast. Why is Burris here? This is futile. This is about Burris’ ego. Move on to the impeachment vote tomorrow. This seems to be a useless sideshow.


  52. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:40 pm:

    I think Mr. Burris should refrain from the term “nobody’s business”


  53. - wndycty - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:40 pm:

    Durkin is not concerned with the here and now, he is beating up Burris for re-election. The impeachment panel has become a joke.


  54. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:40 pm:

    Ask him about that mausoleum, where’d he get it, how much.


  55. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:41 pm:

    Windy City, you bet. This is good stuff.

    Lou, I think you understand.

    Bill, Walter’s channeling the Big Lebowski, dude. And The Dude Abides.


  56. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:41 pm:

    wndycty - that is exactly the claim


  57. - carbon deforestation - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:41 pm:

    Durkin and the Republicans are smart (politically) to get Burris on as many different topics as Currie will allow. No other time do “senators” have to go under oath for a political grilling. I agree with Lang, some of these questions aren’t relevant but they sure will come back to haunt “senator” burris. Won’t be necessary though, GOP, he won’t survive the Democratic primary.


  58. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:41 pm:

    Lou’s right. The purpose of this whole line of questioning is to make Roland look bad. It is not working. So what if it “ironic”?


  59. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:42 pm:

    This is an amazing show.


  60. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:43 pm:

    Durkin’s questions are not surprising. His line of questioning may be uncomfortable, but Burris opened himself up to these questions by accepting a corrupted governor’s appointment.

    These men were allies politically, and they are allies today in a very public way. For the Democrats to complain doesn’t help Burris.


  61. - Former State Employee 2 - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:47 pm:

    Roland just alluded to the fact the if he were AG when this happened to the Governor…..would he have read the complaint then?


  62. - Deep South - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:48 pm:

    Durkin is the one who is looking bad.


  63. - wndycty - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:50 pm:

    Is this circus about impeaching Rod or just tarnishing Burris.


  64. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:50 pm:

    So many hypotheticals. Ridiculous.

    Anyway, I thought the Republicans liked Roland Burris. Why so much hostility?


  65. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:51 pm:

    Durkin just made a fool out of himself.
    That’s more like it, Mary! SENATOR Burris.


  66. - BandCamp - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:52 pm:

    OOHHH Rep. Flowers….OMG. Save it.


  67. - Hair today, gone tomorrow - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:52 pm:

    Rep. Flowers, a question please.


  68. - Mo - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:53 pm:

    Political, yes…He got the senate seat. Personal, yes…It’s being etched in his tombstone.


  69. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:56 pm:

    Rep. Flowers did an excellent job.

    But we’re not through.


  70. - Levois - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:58 pm:

    The show is about to start isn’t it?


  71. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:58 pm:

    Black is such a blowhard. What does releasing the report have to do with Burris?
    Go back to sleep!


  72. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 3:58 pm:

    Now will everyone on the panel get their two minutes of face time on the show?

    OOh, Rep. Black is getting testy!


  73. - Little Egypt - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:01 pm:

    Frtchey’s being WAY TOO defensive.


  74. - Bakersfield - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:02 pm:

    Bill, despite Harry Reid’s best efforts it is not “SENATOR Burris” just yet -”Political Opportunist Burris” definitely.


  75. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:03 pm:

    Mr. Adams sits at the table with Gensen, but he is NOT Blago’s defense attorney?


  76. - Hair today, gone tomorrow - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:04 pm:

    From the Trib,
    Lawyers for Gov. Rod Blagojevich have filed a sealed motion to remove U.S. Atty. Patrick From Fitzgerald and his assistants from prosecution of the case against the governor, a federal judge disclosed today.


  77. - WCIL - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:04 pm:

    So Adams is not a lawyer for the Gov’s defense even though he has sat a the defense table throughout the meetings


  78. - wndycty - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:05 pm:

    The GOP sees today’s proceedings as an opportunity to set the table 2010. The issue at hand (Rod’s impeachment) is not relevant and is the furthest from their minds.


  79. - Barny's Burger Barn - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:06 pm:

    It seems to me that the GOP members, fed up with their insignificant role as a minority party in the GA, are trying to turn this impeachment hearing into a witch hunt for things having zero bearing on how Mr. Burris came about being named to the vacant US Senate seat. They need to get on with it already! They have what they need to make the vote and kick it on down the street! We as a state can ill afford this BS gamesmenship by the GOP and I hope they don’t pull this stunt on the House floor; this state will be broke in the next 30 to 60 days and we have a lot of actual important work ahead!


  80. - Macoupin County Kid - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:09 pm:

    “We as a state can ill afford this BS gamesmenship by the GOP and I hope they don’t pull this stunt on the House floor; this state will be broke in the next 30 to 60 days and we have a lot of actual important work ahead!”

    So let’s blame the minority….lol….


  81. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:09 pm:

    Hair today, that’s posted in another thread. Quite a while ago, in fact. Check the blog before posting stuff, please. Thanks.


  82. - Bakersfield - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:10 pm:

    Oh come on Barny- like this hearing is actually going to delay the impeachment one day, one minute.
    Burris needed to testify and to face questions about how he and Blago’s symbiotic relationship.


  83. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:11 pm:

    Off topic: Why have we been lead to believe Sam Adam Jr. is part of the criminal defense team? If he’s not, what is he?


  84. - God help us - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:11 pm:

    The Republicans on the committee are demonstrating why the House GOP keeps becoming a smaller minority.

    Bill Black fell off the anger management wagon again, and Jim Durkin may or may not have a mental retardation.

    Why is Burris even sitting for this witch hunt?


  85. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:12 pm:

    Burris is making the repubs look petty, vindictive, and rude. He is a master showman.


  86. - Bakersfield - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:15 pm:

    You know what, most of you are right, this is the fault of the GOP. All of it. Everything that has happened since the 2nd Tuesday in December is George Ryan’s fault.

    Glad I am now on your side.


  87. - Just My Opinion - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:15 pm:

    December 16 was his press conference


  88. - I knew it before term one - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:17 pm:

    Fritchey has lost my vote for the 5th CD.


  89. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:19 pm:

    Have you seen the polls people? If you have, then you would better understand that when the GOP asks questions to Burris, the party is asking questions the vast majority of Illinoians are also asking.

    Open your eyes!

    The GOP is not misstepping by being cynical.


  90. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:19 pm:

    Thousands of people were involved in this?

    Can Roland Burris be worthy of THAT much praise?


  91. - Southern Illinois - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:19 pm:

    No one better qualified? of course he’s the “Magic Man”… How about letting the people of this great State have a say if Mr. Burris is the most qualified.


  92. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:22 pm:

    You all will have a say when Senator Burris runs for re-election in 2010.


  93. - wndycty - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:22 pm:

    I think Rod shouldn’t have made the appointment, but its legal and no matter how hard the committee tries to beat up Burris there is absolutely nothing they can do to stop Burris. It has to be killing them.


  94. - Macoupin County Kid - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:22 pm:

    “How about letting the people of this great State have a say if Mr. Burris is the most qualified.”

    Ain’t gonna happen….


  95. - Fan of the Game - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:22 pm:

    ===Why is Burris even sitting for this witch hunt?===

    Because it is a requirement Harry Reid set for his seating as a US senator.

    Also, how can anyone be surprised that any politicans–Republican or Democrat–would use this circus to their own advantage? It’s what they do.


  96. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:26 pm:

    What question remains unasked? What more do we need from this witness.


  97. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:26 pm:

    I bet their are about 200 staffers, reporters and politicos firing their engines to look into that 1.2 million dollar loan-which I’m sure stinks to high heaven. Noone and I mean noone is dumb enough to give Burris 1.2 mil for nothing and then forget about it.


  98. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:26 pm:

    The 17th amendment to the constitution came about due to corruption in Illinois Government during the election of Senator Lorimer in 1909. The 17th amendment allows for the appointment of a US Senator by a sitting Governor. Like it or not, corrupt or not, Blago is still sitting as of 4:25 PM today. Google: Lorimer & the 17th amendment.


  99. - Bakersfield - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:27 pm:

    Hey, Fritchey now has to suck up to the African-American population in the 5th! But yeah, as a Republican who will be crossing over to vote in the primary I will be leaning away from him after today.


  100. - I knew it before term one - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:28 pm:

    It breaks my heart that these guys can’t ask a clear question. Chapin should have said, “A prosecutor has to not only have an opinion before filing a case, he must also have evidence in support of the case, or he can be sanctioned for just throwing stuff at the feet of the court. He has to substantiate his filings. You said you supported AG Madigan’s motion and you said you would have filed the same motion to have him disqualified to serve. What would you have put forth in your motion to support your request to have the court remove him from office?”


  101. - RobRoy - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:29 pm:

    Burris apologists need to understand that he’s brought all this on himself by accepting the Senate appointment from Blago. If he was not prepared for this then he’s either ignorant or naive beyond the pale.


  102. - Animous - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:30 pm:

    I’m late to the testimony and might have missed it but, has anyone bothered to ask him why he accepted an appointment to USS from a governor whom Burris said should resign a few weeks earlier???


  103. - Speaking at Will - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:31 pm:

    Good Lord, what a waste of time that was. Off to washington for Burris. Hopefully I never have to see his face again.


  104. - Fan of the Game - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:34 pm:

    ===If he was not prepared for this then he’s either ignorant or naive beyond the pale.===

    Who said he wasn’t prepared for it?


  105. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:35 pm:

    I see Steve Brown is acting as one of Burris’s aides for the afternoon.


  106. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:36 pm:

    Excellent job, SENATOR Burris! I’m proud to have you as my US Senator.


  107. - Odd - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:37 pm:

    When did Steve Brown become Sgt at Arms of the committee? Maybe just being nice but he looked like one of Roland’s handlers leading him out of the committee room.


  108. - walter sobchak - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:37 pm:

    Bill’s world view, already limited by how far he has stuck his head up our soon to be impeached Governor’s colon, would be much improved, if after the impeachment, coming back to reality, he watches ‘The Big Lebowski.’ You have no frame of reference here, Bill, you’re like a child who has wandered into the middle of a movie and wants to know what it’s about…


  109. - Say WHAT? - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:39 pm:

    Rich,
    Are you still at the hearing?


  110. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:43 pm:

    As a downstater, I’m much more confident in Roland Burris’s abilities to represent the entire state than say Jesse Jackson, Jr., or Danny Davis. I hope I don’t regret saying that.


  111. - Bill - Thursday, Jan 8, 09 @ 4:43 pm:

    I know exactly what it is all about Wally.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* A closer look at the governor's pension proposals
* US Supreme Court: Trump restored to Illinois ballot
* It’s just a bill
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Saturday campaign updates (Password updated to this week's)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...
...............

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

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


Loading


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

Archives
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
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




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