Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

Blagojevich to Appoint Former Attorney General Roland Burris

Posted in Barack Obama by allisonkilkenny on December 30, 2008

Huffington Post

roland-burrisCHICAGO — Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has scheduled an afternoon news conference amid reports that he plans to name someone to Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on charges that he tried to sell or trade the seat to the highest bidder.

Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Blagojevich plans to appoint 71-year-old former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. Senate leaders have said they will not seat anyone Blagojevich names.

Blagojevich has scheduled a 3 p.m. EST news conference. His spokesman Lucio Guerrero declined to say what the Democratic governor plans to discuss.

The governor has denied wrongdoing and has vowed to remain in office.

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  1. 4wrdthnkndad said, on December 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    This was a very shrewd move on Blagojevich’s part. He is has Harry Reid into a corner, by forcing him to deny Roland Burris the appointment. While Burris doesn’t exude the charm that Obama does, he does have a distinguished career as an Illinois politician. Moreover as an African American, he has the support and backing of a powerful African American voting block in Chicago. On this move, you have to give Blagojevich his props.

  2. coffee fiend said, on January 7, 2009 at 3:36 am

    it’s crazy what Blagojevich has gotten away with already… he’s an international embarrassment

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