Reid Backs Off, Leaves Burris to Court

Has 'no problem with him personally'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2009 11:53 AM CST
Reid Backs Off, Leaves Burris to Court
Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by Richard Durbin, right, motions to a reporter on Capitol Hill, Jan. 7, 2009, following their meeting with Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – A far cry from the political shunning of just days ago, Majority Leader Harry Reid ushered would-be senator Roland Burris into his office this afternoon, and emerged saying that an Illinois court decision could go a long way toward seating the Blagojevich appointee. “We don't have a problem with him as an individual,” said Reid. But a court decision on Burris' lack of signature from his secretary of state is vital, as “everyone has to present certification by the secretary of state.”

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Reid and Durbin both heaped praise on Burris as a person, nor were they alone. Burris’ seating is a “Senate matter,” Barack Obama said at a press conference. “But I know Roland Burris. He's from my home state. I think he's a fine public servant.” Obama said he’d be happy to work with Burris if he was seated. (Read more Roland Burris stories.)

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