If this is true, it would mean that Harry Reid should disqualify himself from the confirmation process, because it would indicate a clear conflict of interest.
From the Washington Post:
Illinois's embattled governor said through his spokesman Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has a conflict of interest regarding the Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.Of course, Harry Reid denies the report. It might be interesting to see if the FBI was wire tapping Gov. Blagojevich's phones in early December when Reid supposedly had the discussion about the seat. If I was Blago, I'd request the FBI release the tape. It would be interesting to see what happens then.
Reid telephoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) in early December to discuss the seat, said Lucio Guerrero, a gubernatorial spokesman. Guerrero said he did not know firsthand which candidates Reid supported during the call, but added that he knows Reid's candidates did not include Roland W. Burris, the man Blagojevich picked.
Senate leaders have vowed to oppose the appointment of Burris.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Reid and his top deputy in Senate Democratic leadership, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, also rejected reports that Reid, in a telephone call to Blagojevich prior to the governor's arrest, expressed doubts about the electability in 2010 of three African-American contenders to fill the vacancy— Chicago Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Danny Davis, and state Senate President Emil Jones Jr.I can't really say that I care much for Harry Reid (as you may have gathered from my numerous rants on this blog), but I would absolutely hate it to be true that he may be blocking Burris simply because he didn't get his way on the selection.
Reid accused Blagojevich of "making all this up" and denied saying "who not to appoint." Durbin, on ABC's "This Week," likewise pointed the finger at the two-term Democratic governor.
There's one way to put this all to rest. And that is to seat Roland Burris, and if at some point he is found to be dirty, impeach and remove him.
That's why we bother to actually write down our laws, rather than just make them up as we go.