WASHINGTON — Roland Burris said he is consulting with attorneys to determine his next move after he was denied admission to the U.S. Senate Tuesday, but he maintained that he is the junior senator from Illinois.
Burris, in a brief press conference on Capitol Hill, said the secretary of the Senate did not accept his credentials and prevented him from being seated or even coming to the floor.
“I am not seeking to have any type of confrontation,” he said.
Senate Democratic leaders say Burris is not qualified to enter the Senate, in part because he is tainted by the governor’s political scandal, and now because his certificate of appointment hasn’t been signed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
Burris told reporters on Monday that he was considering a walk over to the courthouse to file papers asking the court to admit him if he is denied the seat. But he wasn’t going to be disorderly in the Senate.
“I’m not going to make a scene,” Burris said. “I don’t want to give you all a circus.”
Too late Mr. Burris – you have bought the circus to DC and you are so desperate for attention and want so much to be the ringleader. Blago is laughing his head off back in Chicago. Blago knew what he was doing and has made you the pawn of your own party. The sooner you realize this the better.
I hope you have not carved on your headstone – Jr. Senior – Illinois 2009-2010.