White Certifies Burris Appointment
Updated: 7:35 p.m. Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris (D) was one step closer Friday evening to succeeding President-elect Barack Obama as his states junior Senator, following Illinois Secretary of State Jesse Whites (D) move to certify the appointment by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). Whites signature approving the appointment came hours after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that White signature of certification was not necessary for the governors appointee to be considered legally able to take office as Senator. I, Jesse White, Secretary of State of the State of Illinois, do hereby certify that the attached is a true and accurate document setting forth an appointment made by the Governor of the State of Illinois, White wrote Friday on a document titled Certificate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have maintained that Burris cannot be installed as a Senator until he obtains the secretary of states signature on his appointment papers. Todays move by White would appear to clear the path for Burris to assume office, although Reids office was not yet prepared to comment. The Senate Parliamentarian, the Secretary of the Senate and Senate Legal Counsel are advising Senate Leadership as we consider a way forward, Reid spokesman Jim Manley wrote in an e-mail. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of the Senate declined to comment because the office has yet to receive additional paperwork from Burris.