While Harry We can do whatever we want Reid tries his damndest to back peddle from the stupid things that came out of his mouth during the past week, Judicial Watch has filed a law suit against him for violating the Constitution.
This is one case that marvels me because of the lack of outrage from the Obama camp. Eager to toss out the race card, they completely avoided a real case of racism front and center against a man who would be the only African American in the Senate.
Now, Harry wants to blame the Illinois Secretary of State for holding things up, as if no argument ever occurred–and as if the SOS wasn’t told not to certify that document. Now the SOS finds himself defending his actions. If I were he, I would just tell the press why he refused to certify that appointment. I’m sure they would love to know.
Blago may be slime,but Roland Burris has done nothing to anybody except be lawfully appointed as Illinois’ Junior Senator. For this, he was treated like a 5th grader without a hall pass by a bunch of infantile elected officials. It makes one shudder to imagine that the fate of the USA rests in these people’s hands when they themselves imagine they are above the Constitution. You would think they would be embarrassed over their own spectacle.
Roland Burris will take his rightful seat but the Senate won’t hear the end of this, and well they shouldn’t.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Illinois resident against the United States Senate for denying former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris his rightful position as the junior Senator from Illinois. In accordance with the U.S. Constitution and Illinois state law, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to fill the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama. Nonetheless, at the direction of Senate leaders, Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erikson rejected Mr. Burris’ appointment and has denied him entry to the U.S. Senate. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of John Vincent, a longtime Illinois resident. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and names as defendants the United States Senate, and its Secretary and Sergeant At Arms.
Judicial watch’s suit references the 17th Amendment of the Constitution which states:
When a vacancy shall occur in the office of the United States Senator from this state, the Governor shall make temporary appointment to fill such vacancy until the next election of representatives in Congress, at which time such vacancy shall be filled by election, and the senator so elected shall take office as soon thereafter as he shall receive his certificate of election.”
If Harry Reid had to pay for this type of lawsuit out of his own pocket, he might have been a bit more judicious about his opinions and would have just seated Roland Burris to begin with.