Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Obama: Don't Seat Blagojevich Appointee

The saga continues:

Obama backs Senate refusal to seat Blagojevich appointee

President-elect Obama says he supports Senate Democrats' decision not to seat the man that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich picked to replace him.

In a statement, Obama called former state Attorney General Roland Burris a fine man but said he agreed that the Senate cannot accept any appointment from Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell Obama's seat. Obama repeated his call for Blagojevich to resign and allow the seat to be filled by other means.

At the same time, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said he would refuse to certify any appointment by Blagojevich.

"I cannot co-sign a document that certifies any appointment by Rod Blagojevich for the vacant United States Senate seat from Illinois," White said in a statement.

Blagojevich said at the news conference that he favored scheduling a special election to fill the seat, but the Illinois General Assembly had taken no steps to schedule one. Without such legislation, Blagojevich has sole authority to fill Obama's seat.

On the Blagojevich topic, check out this post by Kristofer Lorelli at Race 4 2012 (formerly 'Race 4 2008').

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