Senate Democrats say they have accepted Roland Burris’ credentials and that he likely will be seated this week as the junior U.S. senator from Illinois, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.
“Barring objections from Senate Republicans, we expect Senator-designee Burris to be sworn in,” said a statement from Senate Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Dick Durbin.
Oh, I don’t think you’ll be hearing any objections from Senate Republicans. Just snickering.
Senate Democrats had thought that the credentials of the former state attorney general and comptroller were out of order. But Senate lawyers found that Burris meets the requirements for being in the Senate — he’s at least 30 years old, he’s been a U.S. for at least nine years and he actually lives in Illinois. Can’t change that no matter who appoints you.
Of course, all the hubbub over Burris erupted over his being appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell his appointment. Apparently Burris’ initial defense (“I can’t even pronounce Blugomavich”) didn’t inspire confidence among Senate Democratic leaders.
They were appeased, however, when he said he couldn’t spell Blogavendish.