Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant-at-arms will be called if Roland Burris attempts to take his Senate seat on Tuesday.
Burris will not be allowed on the Senate floor, according to this aide and a Senate Democratic leadership aide.Will they really try to bar the door against the only African-American Senator from walking onto the Senate floor? Especially if he shows up with an entourage of supporters and television cameras?
Watch: What if Burris shows up?
The aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders' plans said if Burris tries to enter the Senate chamber, the Senate doorkeeper will stop Burris. If Burris were to persist, either trying to force his way onto the Senate floor or refusing to leave and causing a scene, U.S. Capitol Police would stop him, said the aide.
"They (police) probably won't arrest him" but they would call the sergeant-at-arms," the aide said.
When asked about what would happen if he shows up and tries to be seated, Burris told the Chicago Tribune that he's, "not going to create a scene in Washington." He added, "We hope it's negotiated out prior to my going to Washington."
Burris told CNN that, "We're certainly going to make contacts with the leadership to let them know that the governor of Illinois has made a legal appointment. And that I am currently the junior senator for the State of Illinois. And we're hoping and praying that, you know, they will see the reason in appointing me as a very qualified, capable, able and ready-to-serve individual."
Meanwhile, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has said he would support the appointment of Caroline Kennedy to the Senate to replace Hillary Clinton.
"I have determined there's a good possibility she will be the appointee of the governor," Silver told the New York Post. "If she is the appointee of the governor, I will certainly be supportive of her. I will work for her and will work strenuously for her election."
Silver's comments differ markedly from his statements last week, when he suggested Kennedy is too closely allied with Michael Bloomberg, the Republican-turned-Independent New York City Mayor.
"If I were the governor, I would look and question whether this is the appointment I would want to make: whether her first obligation might be to the mayor of the City of New York, rather than to the governor who would be appointing her," Silver told an Albany radio station then.
So they would stop the qualified African-American, but welcome with open arms the unqualified white woman who just happens to have the right last name.
Well, I gotta admit the Democrats sure do know how to throw a party.