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Barack Obama: Statement by the President-Elect on the Appointment of Roland Burris to the United States Senate by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy.Citation: Barack Obama: "Statement by the President-Elect on the Appointment of Roland Burris to the United States Senate by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich," December 30, 2008. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=85237.