Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson has rejected Roland Burris'
appointment to the Senate, an aide to the secretary told CNN.
Erickson rejected Burris' appointment because his certificate of
appointment was missing the signature of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse
White, the aide said Monday.
Rule 2 of the Standing Rules of the Senate states that the secretary of
state must sign the certificate of election along with the governor.
White has declined to sign the certificate, siding with some Senate
Democrats who say Burris should not be seated because of the cloud over Illinois
Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell President-elect Barack
Obama's Senate seat.
The embattled governor last week appointed Burris to fill the seat.
I am not sure if the Senate can refuse Burris. I guess we will see. Reid keeps saying they can refuse Burris, but legal experts disagree.