Defiant Illinois Governor Names Pick for Obama Seat (December 31, 2008)
Man in the News: Roland W. Burris, a Low-Key Groundbreaker (December 31, 2008)
But that declaration has touched off questions of whether Democrats have the power to keep out Mr. Blagojevich’s pick, Roland Burris, a former state attorney general. It is likely that the issue will end up in court.
Democrats said they were confident of their standing under Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, which says “each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own members.” On rare occasion, the Senate has denied seats to candidates whose election outcome was in doubt or who were caught up in corruption.
Full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/washington/31congress.html?th&emc=th
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