Just When You Thought Gov Blago Had Lost His Shock Value
In part blaming the Illinois legislature for failing to pass a law that would give the people of Illinois the chance to elect Barack Obama’s successor, Governor Rod Blagojevich has appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the United States Senate, saying,
The people of Illinois are entitled to have two United States senators represent them in Washington DC.
As the Illinois Secretary of State has refused to certify Blagojevich’s selection and Democrats in the United States Senate, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, have stated that they will not seat the Governor’s selection – both well within their right and power to do so – this unexpected appointment has set up a fascinating showdown. Gov Blago has a point, not quite so baldly stated, that he has not been impeached, has not been convicted of any crime and, in fact, is still the Governor of Illinois, in possession of all of the power conferred by that office, including the power to appoint the successor to a vacant Senate seat. Does the fact that his overt, running auction of a US Senate seat for personal gain was caught on tape really change the core, indubitable fact that he is still Governor of Illinois?