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Bobby Rush tells CBS "Early Show" folks opposed to Blagojevich need to take "chill pill" and clear path for Burris

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CBS
The Early Show
Wednesday, Dec, 31, 2008


MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ, co-host: We're joined now also from Chicago by Congressman Bobby Rush, whom you just heard from in the piece. Good morning, Congressman.

Representative BOBBY RUSH (Democrat, Illinois): Good morning, Maggie. How are you?

RODRIGUEZ: I'm fine, thank you. Yesterday we heard you say that they shouldn't hang and lynch the appointee to punish the appointer. But do you believe that this is the way the only African-American Senator should be seated? Tainted, rightly or not, by a scandal and against the objections of most of his own party?

Rep. RUSH: Well, let me just say this, you know, the recent history of our nation has shown us that sometimes there could be individuals and there could be situations where school children--where you have officials standing in the doorway of school children. You know, I'm talking about all of us back in 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas. I'm talking about George Wallace, Bull Connors and I'm sure that the US Senate don't want to see themselves placed in the same position. I know my friend Harry Reid...

RODRIGUEZ: But it's not just the Senate, Congressman. It's Barack Obama who is African-American also who disagrees with this.

Rep. RUSH: Well, I think what needs--what needs to happen now is that all these folks who are opposed to Governor Blagojevich, they need to take a chill pill. We're still a nation of laws and I believe that Roland Burris and Governor Blagojevich, they're on solid constitutional grounds in terms of them being--of him being selected. I think that the US Senate will have to accept him. Let me just say this, you know, the real political tragedy, the real political issue, the moral issue that we face is why in the US Senate there are no African-Americans? There are two Asians, three Latinos, 11 women, but no African-Americans. And I just must applaud the people of the state of Illinois because in the last 150 years, we have sent two of the three African-Americans to the Senate over a period of 150 years. Now something is really, really wrong with that. So are you saying is this--is this...

RODRIGUEZ: But shouldn't Governor--let me interrupt you for a minute and ask you this.

Rep. RUSH: Yes.

RODRIGUEZ: Shouldn't Governor Blagojevich maybe have given Roland Burris the chance to go in as the only African-American senator in a legitimate way that everyone would approve of?

Rep. RUSH: Well...

RODRIGUEZ: Is he being selfish here by appointing him this way? By remaining so defiant?

Rep. RUSH: Well, you know, he has the constitutional responsibility as governor of the state of Illinois to appoint. The General Assembly met a week or so ago, they passed the buck, they shifted, they punted, they did not declare a special election. Let me just say this. On January the 20th, President-elect Obama wants on his desk the Congress to deliver to him a stimulus package, hundreds of millions of dollars, and the people of the state of Illinois should not be deprived of a representative in the US Senate to be at the table to help decide where that money should go.

RODRIGUEZ: All right.

Rep. RUSH: We have many other issues and I just think that it is incumbent upon the US Senate and President Reid and others to make sure that Illinois is not short-changed as it relates to representation.

RODRIGUEZ: OK, Congressman Rush.

Rep. RUSH: Plus the fact...

RODRIGUEZ: I'm sorry, but in the essence of time, I have to leave it there. Thank you so much for joining us.

Rep. RUSH: Well, thank you so much.

RODRIGUEZ: Thank you.

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Veteran Political Activist/Journalist Mark S. Allen
Over 30 "straight years in public service on local, state and national levels, including 7 years as a national staff member to the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr
*Former talk show host on the legendary Black/News Talk Station WVON
*Who's Who Among African Americans
*Who's Who In Black Chicago
Associate Editor
The South Street Journal Newspaper
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VETERAN ACTIVIST SAYS THAT THE SELECTION OF ROLAND BURRIS IS A MAJOR VICTORY FOR BLACK LEADERSHIP, AND THAT THE CASE OF THE CHALLENGE OF THE SEATING OF NY CONGRESSMAN
ADAM CLAYTON POWELL IS WHY THE LAW IS ON THE SIDE OF BURRIS BEING THE NEXT ILLINOIS SENATOR

" The majority of the debate over the selection of Roland Burris has been more "political" versus "legal." When you separate the emotional "political" analysis versus the "legal" analysis, then it is clear to me that Roland Burris will be seated as the next Illinois U.S. Senator of Illinois. And as a constitutional lawyer, I am surprised that President Elect Obama and other "experienced" elected leaders does not see the same "legal" reality.

First, Black leadership can declare a victory in that despite which Black candidate they supported, that an overwhelming majority of Black leadership publicly supported a qualified Black be selected, and the selection of Roland Burris has given this states collective Black leadership a uniquely qualified Black candidate in Roland Burris. Whether people wanted a Black candidate in particular or "the best:" candidate in general, Roland Burris fits the bill.

Back to the "law." The Governor called a special session of The Illinois Legislature where THEY failed to deal with the issue of trying to legally take the appointment power away from the Governor or establish any new "legal" basis for the appointment, therefore they returned the power back to the Governor to follow the law and make the appointment. So despite the "political" and "emotional" debate, the "legal" process called for the sitting Governor to make the appointment and that's what the Governor did in selecting Roland Burris.

So therefore, based upon the legal precedent set by the challenge to NY Congressman Adam Clayton Powell being seated, that the Supreme Court can rule again that no outside criteria other than the legal qualifications set forth in the law can apply so Roland Burris will indeed be seated as the next Illinois U.S. Senator, by the same law that seated Adam Clayton Powell. Fermon Sessoms, former CEO of the Chicago NAACP also stated on WVON-AM that the law would be on Roland Burris side.

With regard to the race factor, White women demanding a White female be the replacement for Hillary Clinton in NY is the same reason why the overwhelming majority of Black leadership has demanded that a Black replace Barack Obama. We too are part of the "people of Illinois."

The united front of Black leadership should be proud at claiming this victory and remember what the majority of legal scholars have stated, including former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson, that the law and historic rulings on this type of legal challenge is on the side of Roland Burris.

And for the reporter who asked me to check my facts from an earlier release from The Concerned Clergy of Illinois having only 100 ministers for a statewide organization in terms of its strength, I was mistaken, the statewide group has over 1,000 ministers from across the state that can claim victory in their call for a Black to be the selection.

Finally there was a legal scholar on ABC7 News who gave his personal opinion of dislike for the Governor, but even he said his personal opinion could not overrule his "legal" opinion that the law would be on the side of Roland Burris being the next Illinois United States Senator.

So based upon my analysis of the "emotional" and "political" opinions. Congratulations Senator Burris.

WHY WOULD ROLAND BURRIS WANT THIS JOB, WHEN HE
CAN'T WIN IN AN ELECTION IN A COUPLE OF YEARS!
HE IS TO OLD FOR THE JOB, NO DISRESPECT TO SENIOR
CITIZENS, BUT ROLAND BURRIS IS 71 YEARS OLD, HE
IS TRYING TO DO WHAT JOHN MCCAIN WAS TRYING TO DO
TO BECOME PRESIDENT, BOBBY RUSH WANTS HIM BECAUSE
HE IS BLACK, HE IS JUST THE WRONG BLACK PERSON,
JESSE JACKSON JR. IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB!
MARK MY WORDS THE REPUBLICANS WILL DO EVERYTHING
IN THEIR POWER TO REGAIN THIS SENATE SEAT!
THE GOV HAS RUINED HIS SEAT AND THE U.S. SENATE
SEAT AS WELL, HE WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS A MAN
WITH A MENTAL DEFECT FOR POWER AND HE IS CERTAINLY
GOING TO THE BIGHOUSE!
ROLAND BURRIS STOP LETTING PEOPLE USE YOU LIKE A
PAWN IN A CHESS GAME, YOU WEREN'T EVEN THE FIRST
CHOICE, DANNY DAVIS WASN'T GOING TO GIVE UP HIS
CONGRESSIONAL SEAT FOR THIS GARBAGE!

It is unfortunate that Rush has to bring race to this nomination. 4 years ago, 2 of my friends had immigration issues. They wrote Bobby Rush multipy times and he didn't reply or write a congresioner inquiry on their behalf. Was it because they were not African American? But Because they were in School on the north side of Chicago (Truman College) It was Representative Jan. that wrote on their behalf and today they are American citizens. Rush is a racist, and the like of him should have no place in the new America that elected Obama.
Lucky Obazee
773-317-2442

I don't see a problem other than big egos. It's now like children fighting over toys. The appointment is constitutional and legal. That should be the end of story. Change the constitution so we won't have Kenedy and Burris before next time.

I AM RESIDENT OF CHICAGO,ILLINOIS FOR 56 YEARS . THE MEDIA HAS MADE THIS PROBLEM WITH THE GOVERNOR A NATIONAL JOKE . THEY HAVE TO MAKE EVERY THING INTO THIS BIG OVER BLOW STORY . THE GOVERNOR HASN'T BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ANYTHING YET HE DESERVES HIS DAY IN COURT IT'S LIKE EVERYTHING MUST BE TRYED IN THE MEDIA BECAUSE NOW THEY ARE THE JUDGE AND THE JURY. THEY WANT TO MAKE UP OUR MINDS FOR US THEY DID THE SAME THING TO PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION REMEMBER HAD THE VOTERS NOT HAD THE MIND TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES GOD KNOWS WE WOULD OF HAD MCCAIN AND PALIN FOR PREIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT. SO I WILL WAIT UNTIL ROD'S DAY IN COURT AND THE JURY DECIDES HIS FAME UNTIL THEN HE IS THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS AND THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO CONNECT OBAMA TO ROD BUT THE PEOPLE ARE NOT BUYING THEIR SELL OR LIES.

It is true that the media has performed to ridicule an innocent person until proven otherwise: it is a republican strategy that is losing it's ugly power. It is not proper to try to "destroy" people's credibility in public service on "political" grounds rather than "legal" grounds. This person has worked years in public service, then to be brought under the influence of the media, AS WHAT WAS DONE TO SPITZER OF NEW YORK; they bought knew about the "powers that are going out of business" the money elite people---what Spitzer was going to expose before it happened---the $$ situation and Blagojevich was taking a stand against the Bank of America by standing on the street in Chicago for the rights of the workers. It was the same day that Fritzgerald announced his 3-5 years of undercover spying, and the same day that the Chicago Tribune filed for bankruptcy, another "political" enemy of Blagojevich. It is as plain as a wart on a face that this was meant to be a "political lynching" of right-wing strategy representing the powers of money. LET THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS HAVE THEIR VOICE HEARD ON THIS MATTER--FOR THE PRESS HAS BROUGHT TO LIGHT THE CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS WHO ARE SAVVY AND POLITICALLY ASTUTE. The land that they walk and live on are the lands of my ancestors "TEAL PEOPLE HAVE WALKED AND LIVED UPON FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS" AND STILL DO...

It is true that the media has performed to ridicule an innocent person until proven otherwise: it is a republican strategy that is losing it's ugly power. It is not proper to try to "destroy" people's credibility in public service on "political" grounds rather than "legal" grounds. This person has worked years in public service, then to be brought under the influence of the media, AS WHAT WAS DONE TO SPITZER OF NEW YORK; they bought knew about the "powers that are going out of business" the money elite people---what Spitzer was going to expose before it happened---the $$ situation and Blagojevich was taking a stand against the Bank of America by standing on the street in Chicago for the rights of the workers. It was the same day that Fritzgerald announced his 3-5 years of undercover spying, and the same day that the Chicago Tribune filed for bankruptcy, another "political" enemy of Blagojevich. It is as plain as a wart on a face that this was meant to be a "political lynching" of right-wing strategy representing the powers of money. BURRIS IS LEGALLY A SENATOR---AND EARNED HIS PLACE TO BE THERE---LET THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS HAVE THEIR VOICE HEARD ON THIS MATTER--FOR THE PRESS HAS BROUGHT TO LIGHT THE CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS WHO ARE SAVVY AND POLITICALLY ASTUTE. The land that they walk and live on are the lands of my ancestors "TEAL PEOPLE HAVE WALKED AND LIVED UPON FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS" AND STILL DO...

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