Harry Reid said way too much far too soon. He insisted that whomever Gov. Blagojevich appointed would be rejected. So, how is it that Roland Burris will now become the next Illinois senator? It seems like Mr. Reid has stuck his foot in his mouth once again. And I love the perserverance that Roland Burris has shown throughout this whole drama! According to the Seattle Times:
“Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Sunday it was likely that former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris would be seated as the state’s newest senator this week.
Burris was appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich three weeks after the now-impeached Illinois governor was arrested on federal corruption charges that included allegations he attempted to sell the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Obama.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here:(http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2008617149_burris12.html
Roland Burris is a man of many achievements. And like Barack Obama, he is a history maker. Here’s more from The History Makers:
“Born in Centralia, Illinois, Roland Burris received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1959. He then studied at the University of Hamburg, Germany, for a year before entering law school at Howard University.
Burris began his career in 1963 as a national bank examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department. This gave him the honor of being the first African American to examine banks in the United States. From 1964 to 1973, he served as vice president of Continental Illinois National Bank, making significant contacts in both the corporate and African American communities. Burris began his government career in 1973 as director of the Illinois Department of General Services. In 1978, with his election to the first of three terms as state comptroller, he made history as the first African American elected to state office. On November 6, 1990, Roland W. Burris was elected attorney general for the state of Illinois. At that time, the only African American ranking higher in state office was Douglas Wilder, the governor of Virginia. He served as Illinois attorney general from 1991 to 1995.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest of his bio by following this link:(http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thehistorymakers.com/bio_images/1029871850.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp%3Fbioindex%3D38&h=265&w=360&sz=14&tbnid=SRhL2FDz1UKGcM::&tbnh=89&tbnw=121&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpictures%2Bof%2Broland%2Bburris&usg=__kIRUQsKrOAbW12Y95tvyWiwibhw=&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=4&ct=image&cd=1