I've learned that Gov. Blagojevich is poised to name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace President elect Barack Obama in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. The embattled Blagojevich, fighting impeachment charges in the Illinois House, just called a press conference for 2 p.m. Chicago time at the Thompson State of Illinois Center.
Burris was the first African American to win statewide office in Illinois when he was elected comptroller, serving from 1983 to 1991. He served as Illinois Attorney General from 1991 to 1995. Burris previously ran and lost bids for the U.S. senate and governor.
If tapped as planned, Burris would be the sole African American in the U.S. Senate.
This is a shock, but Burris is clean as a whistle and Obama's backed Burris' run for the governorship in 2002.
Again, the moxey, balls, etc., of Governor Rod Blagojevich. Here is Burris' bio.
Burris claims he will only serve the remaining 2 years of the Obama term, so he is looked upon as a seat warmer, place holder, whatever.
Only in Chicago....