This year’s Illinois Senate election is actually two elections — the one to finish Barack Obama’s term immediately after the election, and the one for the six-year term that begins in January.
Currently, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is slated to appear on both the special and regular Senate ballot in the Illinois race. But Rod Blagojevich’s enabler, appointed Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., is demanding the right to appear on the ballot for the last 62 days of the Senate term that Barack Obama won in 2004. He’s so adamant about serving those extra two months that he’s taking his case to the Supreme Court:
A federal court ruled earlier this year that only the candidates running for a full Senate term on Nov. 2. can be on the ballot for a special election on the same day to serve the final weeks of Burris’ term: Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias, GOP nominee Mark Kirk and a few eligible third-party candidates.
But now POLITICO has learned that the Burris, who has publicly expressed interest in running to finish his term, will ask the Supreme Court on Friday to quash the district court’s ruling.
Perhaps Burris believes that “elected” will look better than “appointed” on the mausoleum monument he has erected to himself.