Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Berkowitz questions Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn on Race, Roland Burris and Illinois' U. S. Senate Seat

Jeff Berkowitz: How much is race a factor now, in Roland Burris keeping the [U. S. Senate] seat now and staying there?

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn [D-IL]: The Senate seat belongs to the people of Illinois, not to any group, any region. It’s to the people. That’s the way it has always been. That’s the way it always should be.
Jeff Berkowitz: Are you going to be limited at that time[after impeachment], even for a temporary appointment to the U. S. Senate, to appoint somebody who is African-American?

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn [D-IL]: I think it is presumptuous of me to talk about it. I am not in that position.
Press Conference after Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn [D-IL] spoke to an overflow audience of three hundred at the City Club of Chicago on January 5, 2009 ; Although there was a picture of Gov. Blagojevich on the wall behind Lt. Gov. Quinn as he spoke, Gov. Blagojevich did not appear to have attended the speech or the presser.
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs YouTube page include a recent Bill O'Reilly segment w/Berkowitz on Obama, shows with newly minted State Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights), essentially the first Dem to represent his district since the Civil War, on the connection between the mess in Springfield and in Cook County government, Chicago Alderman Manuel (Manny) Flores (D-1st Ward, Wicker Park) on impeachment of Rod, Chicago issues and a possible run to replace 5th CD Cong. Emanuel and there are many, many more shows from which to choose at the site.