In defiance of U.S. senators who said they would not seat his pick, Gov. Rod Blagojevich today selected 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, who accepted the appointment, said he would next deal with the U.S. Senate's statement that it would not seat him.
"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," Burris said. "We need leadership in Washington."
Burris said he spoke with Blagojevich Sunday night.
"I was asked if he would appoint me would I accept and the answer is yes," said Burris, who offered no comment on the governor's legal situation.
Blagojevich said he moved to appoint Burris after the General Assembly declined to approve legislation for a special election to find a new U.S. senator.
"To not fill the vacancy would be to deprive the people of Illinois of their appropriate voice" in the U.S. Senate, 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."
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Blagojevich snubs Senate, taps Burris for seat
Is Burris out of his mind? I wouldn't want to be involved in this scandal and I sure as hell wouldn't want anything to do with nutcase Blagojevich. If I wanted a seat in the senate, I'd run for the office like everyone else and be elected, or not, in an election. No more of this appointment bullshit. Hold a special election and let the people choose their representative for congress. Its the right thing to do. The fair thing. Who's with me?