Governor Blagojevich contends it is his responsibility to select a person to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-Elect Barack Obama. Blogajevich appointed African-American Roland Burris. The Illinois governor made the decision when the state legislature did not act to allow Illinois voters to select the Obama replacement. Blagojevich says he supported the efforts to allow the people to make the decsion at the polls.
The U.S. Senate has a constitutional right to challenge that appointment and they are poised to do so.
President-Elect Barack Obama issued this statement on the appointment. “Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy,” said President-elect Obama.
What do you think? Was the move made at the wrong time by the wrong person or should Roland Burris be allowed to serve?