Rod Blogojevich’s is a cool customer. Against all threats and advice he went ahead and appointed Barack Obama’s open Senate Seat. His pick was former Attorney General Roland Burris. I see three reasons for Blago’s maneuver:
1) Blago puts on a front of everything being business as usual. His composure shows someone who is still in charge and not afraid of BlagoGate. He is performing his duty as Governor.
2) His pick of an African American former Attorney General in Roland Burris to replace Obama will make it difficult for them to nullify his selection. Just because Blago picks him does not mean he isn’t qualified. There are no other African Americans in the Senate. He has put his opponents in a very awkward position.
3) African Americans are reportedly Blago’s biggest supporters in Chicago. If there is anything headed Obama’s way from the Illinois Governor, he may need some of that support to draw on. He also may need a vote if and when this scandal makes it to the courtroom.
“Please don’t allow the allegations against me to taint this good and honest man… To not fill the vacancy would be to deprive the people of Illinois of their appropriate voice in the U.S. Senate. People of Illinois have the right to have 2 senators. As Governor, I am required by law to make this appointment. If I did not make this appointment, the people of Illinois would be deprived of a vote in the Senate. Roland Burris has unquestioned integrity.” — Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich