Does the governor have the power, under law, to make the appointment? And the answer is yes. Is the governor discredited? The answer is yes. Does that affect his appointment power? The answer is no, until certain things happen.
A week ago, Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that anyone appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich “will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.” But that was so last year.
We have a situation here,” said Reid, noting that newly elected senators have traditionally needed the signatures of the governor and secretary of state. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has refused to sign the appointment papers given Blagojevich’s legal troubles.
Reid said leaders would await a decision by the Illinois Supreme Court on Burris’s lawsuit to force White to sign his certification.
Once that’s done, that will be one step out of the way,” Reid said.
T’aint so, says White who told the Chicago Tribune Senate Democrats are “throwing him under the bus.”
Earlier, White told WGN Radio:
You can listen to the full interview here.