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Blagojevich to Name Roland Burris to Obama’s Senate Seat


Amazing: MSNBC reports Rod Blagojevich is going to appoint former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris to fill Obama’s Senate seat in a 3 p.m. news conference.

First thought: Is Blago testing Harry Reid’s pledge that he would never seat anyone named by the tainted governor? Does Reid have the guts to reject the seating of an African-American who, at first glance, appears untainted by this particular scandal?

UPDATE: Jim Warren of the Chicago Tribune says he’s “dumbfounded.” He describes Burris as “a political machine hack, with no great achievements beyond being the first African-American elected to statewide office in Illinois . . . a very, very uninspired selection.” He later adds that he thinks that Harry Reid is going to have a very tough time with his pledge to not seat anyone Blagojevich named.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Awesome — he’s a Blagojevich donor who has worked as a lobbyist in Springfield for Blagojevich allies . . .

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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