I posted here on Friday asking by what right will Harry Reid refuse to seat the pick of Roland Burris by corrupt Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate?
Without a doubt any pick by Blagojevich is tainted, but being unimpeached and still governor he does have the right to make the pick, what senatorial power does Harry Reid or any other senator have to refuse Burris?
As I noted in the previous posting Roland Burris need meet only three qualifications, they are according to Article 1 Section3 of the U.S. Constitution:
No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
Harry Reid is a senator and I am not, he very well may know of some legal way in which he can block Burris.
He claims he can stop Burris from being seated and perhaps he can, but he is not sharing the ‘how’ involved.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday that “legal authority” exists under the Constitution to bar embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, but added there is also room to negotiate.
Under the Constitution, Reid said, “We determine who sits in the Senate. And the House (of Representatives) determines who sits in the House. So there’s clearly legal authority for us to do whatever we want to do. This goes back for generations.”
What legal authority?
Can you, Mr. Reid, define that authority?
The claim is made but no demonstration of such authority is provided by you or any other so far as I can find. It seems to be just a claim and nothing more.
Let us also not forget that Reid is in fact guilty of a conflict of interest in that he previously contacted Gov. Blagojevich in attempt to influence the Gov in so far as who the pick would be.
Nothing indicates that Reid was attempting to exchange money for the pick of any particular person but news reports make it clear Harry Reid did not want Jesse Jackson Jr. to be the pick.
I agree that this Governor should not be allowed to appoint anyone however, the power to stop Blagojevich rests with the Illionois Secretary of State so far as I understand it. Harry Reid is not that person.
If the Sec of State does provide the certification, then I again ask, by what right will he [Reid] block this appointment?