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Blagojevich snubs Senate, taps Burris for seat

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hacon1, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. hacon1

    hacon1 Monkey+++


    In defiance of U.S. senators who said they would not seat his pick, Gov. Rod Blagojevich today said he would go ahead and select former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate.

    Blagojevich praised Burris for his "unquestioned integrity" and "extensive experience," calling him a senior statesman.

    "Please don't allow the allegations against me to taint this good and honest man," Blagojevich said.

    Burris said he accepted the appointment because the nation is at a crossroads.

    "Faced with these challenges and challenged with these crises, it is incomprehensible that the people of the great state of Illinois will enter the 111th Congress short handed. "We need leadership in Washington."

    "I have faith in the record that I have forged over the last four decades. I accept this appointment," Burris said.

    Blagojevich's news conference came less than an hour after U.S. Senate Democratic leadership issued a statement saying the Senate will not seat anyone the governor chooses to fill Illinois' vacant Senate post. The statement also is signed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who has repeatedly urged Blagojevich not to name a replacement for the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
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  2. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Now, if we can just get the NY Senate to do the same thing with Caroline Kennedy, tell her to go take a hike. We already have one Camalot to deal with (Obama), we don't need to ressurect another Kennedy Camalot.
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Highest bidder?
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