Rep. Rush Invokes Race in Defending Blagojevich Senate Appointment

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    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich faced the scornful objections of lawmakers Tuesday after he named a Senate replacement for Barack Obama, but Blagojevich has the support of at least one congressman.

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush forcefully backed Blagojevich's decision on the basis of race, warning the public not to "lynch" Blagojevich's Senate pick, who is black.

    Rush, an Illinois Democrat who also is black, for weeks had urged Blagojevich to name a black successor for Obama, who had been the only black official in the Senate before resigning his post to assume the presidency.

    And on Tuesday, Rush joined Blagojevich's press conference to defend the selection of former state Attorney General Roland Burris for the job and to remind lawmakers that Burris would fill the racial void Obama left. Rush dared Senate leaders to try blocking Burris, after they issued a statement saying Blagojevich's appointment "will not be seated."


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    whatta asshole! whatta asshole!
     
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    yep, asshole indeed. That was actually kind of reserved for you Willow.
     
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    why me? I didn't play the race card.
     
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    Unless the Senate can show that some kind of illegal activity was involved in the selection, they have no business NOT seating the choice. By the State Constitution the Governor is the only one with the power to appoint to fill the vacancy. Unless the legislature changes the Constitution or successfully Impeaches the Governor the Senate has not got a leg to stand on.
     
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    Unfortunately, this is incorrect. The United States Senate has the Constitutional Right not to seat a member, which is given to each caucus.

    Even before the name gets there, the Illinois Secretary of State has the right to not certify the Governor's Choice. They do NOT have to give a reason.

    The reason is obvious, however. Blago was caught on TAPE discussing the sale of a senate seat. Even planning it is illegal. Lets not forget the other charges. Anyone he appoints is tainted, even if the nominee is clean.
     
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    Provide evidence. The Senate has the right to not seat but they better have a damn good reason.
     
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    That's why Blago did this they intend for it to hit the Supreme Court.. Damn bad news for obamalama..
     
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    Constitution of the United States | Article 1, Section 5: "Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members"

    Reading the entire article shows that there is no requirement for a reason, but usually a reason is given.

    Here is the entire text from Section 5, which is Procedure for Congress:

     
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    As for the Secretary of State of Illinois, he has the right not to certify the appointment. Most states have that rule, but usually there is no problem, since this position is an appointment by the incumbent anyway. You will need to dig in the Illinois Constitution to find the exact text, but it is being reported by all news organizations as being valid.
     
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    So, the black man who left will be the President of the United States, but it would be "racist" not make his replacement black?
     

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