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Roland Burris Tried By Fire
By Eddie Griffin, BASF
In the first finesse of the Roland Burris controversy, the Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White refused to sign off on Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s senate appointment.
For now, the constitutional question is forestalled, and senate Democrats have been provided technical cover on the legality of Burris’ appointment to Barack Obama’s former senate seat. The embattled governor seems determined to shift the limelight off himself and the corruption charges against him, and onto scapegoat Roland Burris.
In a juvenile use of the race card, Congressman Bobby Rush took Blagojevich’s bait and defended the Burris appointment on the basis of his African-American ethnicity.
Whether the scandal riddle governor is still legally empowered to appoint a replacement to the senate seat is not the question, as of yet.
Being accused of a crime, and not yet convicted, Blagojevich is still governor. And, his determination to go down fighting literally taints everything he touches from here on out, as governor.
But Roland Burris willfully comes into this fight, knowing the Illinois governor is tainted. He is as willing to accept the nomination like a lawyer accepting a gangster client’s money, while disassociating himself from the original crime.
I have every respect in the world for the man and his reputation. But when his butt is too close to the fire, it smells like barbeque.
Every real leader should be tried by fire and proven true.
So, in our search for men of gold, let’s throw another log into the fiery furnace.
If Burris survives, he will be well worthy to serve the people of the state of Illinois.
But in the meantime, offer him no free ticket and no free ride, just because he has the same skin color as the next President of the United States, who has already proven himself by fire.