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Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias deplores Blagojevich Burris appointment

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excerpt from statement from Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias on the appointment by Gov Rod Blagojevich of Roland Burris to the Obama Senate seat.....

"The question is whether Blagojevich should have the right to make the appointment. Regardless of whether he wanted to appoint Mother Theresa or Abraham Lincoln, I believe Blagojevich lost that right when he allegedly attempted to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder."


click below for full statement....

Statement from Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
On Gov. Blagojevich's appointment to the U.S. Senate

Gov. Blagojevich's actions today demonstrate an even greater need for the General Assembly to move quickly with impeachment proceedings and remove him from office. The question here is not whether Roland Burris would make a good Senator. The question is whether Blagojevich should have the right to make the appointment. Regardless of whether he wanted to appoint Mother Theresa or Abraham Lincoln, I believe Blagojevich lost that right when he allegedly attempted to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder. He abused his power and should lose his appointment power. Because of Blagojevich's actions, the appointment process has been tainted and will continue to be tainted as long as he holds office. In the best interest of the people of Illinois, I encourage Secretary of State White to refuse to certify the appointment.

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To Alexi Giannoulias
We are a nation of laws. As treasurer,you do not get to pose the question you mention, and you do not get to make up proceedures or laws based on your opinon. The governer is now the governer, with the legal right to appoint a senator in this case. Period. Jessie White has no right to disavow a duly appointed senator based on his (Whites)opinion. If Roland Burnes is qualified, White signs, (even though the certification is meaningless in the Senate). Anything else is a deriliction of duty. You folks don't get to make up laws on the spot based on your opinion, as your attourney General found out. You need to uphold the laws. You have all tried to circumvent one of the prime edicts of our legal system concerning innocent until proven guilty. You should all be removed from public office.

Although the author of that comment of last December 31, on Alexi Giannoulias' statement, is obviously furious and full of English language mistakes, for someone looking at this from quite a distance there is no doubt that political persons (elected or appointed democratically) should behave with absolute respect to the Laws and never declare their opinion for any case that has been brought to Justice since such a behaviour would be totalitarian, certainly not democratic.
Angelos N. BOURITSAS
economist-sociologist

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