The Secretary of the United States Senate has rejected Roland Burris’ appointment:
Firing the first shot in Washington in the fight over the appointment of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, Gov. Blagojevich’s acting chief of staff hand-delivered Burris’ nomination certificate to the Capitol this morning — only to see it rejected by the secretary of the Senate.
Chief of staff Clayton Harris delivered the certificate around 8 a.m., eastern standard time, said Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero.
The secretary of the senate and two assistants acknowledged receipt of the document “but did not formally accept it” because it did not bear Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s signature, Guerrero said.
White refused to sign the certificate last week, joining the chorus of politicians who say Blagojevich is not fit to fill the vacant seat because of his Dec. 9 arrest on corruption charges. The governor and Burris are hoping the Illinois Supreme Court will force White to sign the document.
And, in all likelihood, the Illinois Supreme Court will end up forcing White to certify the appointment.
When Burris shows up to the Senate with a legal, valid certification in hand, what will Senate Democrats do? What’s Plan B? Because the certification issue is thin to begin with, and once it’s shredded by the courts, there will be no legal justification for keeping Burris out.