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Blagojevich makes Senate seat appointment


CHICAGO (ABC) -- Governor Blagojevich has made a controversial senate appointment -- his unspoken message was basically, "stop me if you can."

  Wednesday morning, that's exactly what Democrats in the US Senate and Illinois state
government are trying to do.

  In Chicago, the governor stunned virtually everyone Tuesday with his bold act of defiance. 

  Defying everyone who's anyone, Governor Blagojevich named longtime politican Roland Burris to the very senate seat he's accused of attempting to sell.

  Governor Blagojevich said, "if I don't make this appointment, then the people of Illinois will
be deprived of their appropriate voice and vote in the United States Senate."

  71-year-old Burris, a former state attorney general, has an otherwise lackluster political career.

  He is not among the six Senate choices the governor allegedly considered, in talks taped by the FBI, in return for cash and other favors.

  Burris said, "I know that I won't be and am not tainted as a result of the governor carrying out his constitutional duties."

  Add to all this the combustible ingredient of race.

  Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush warned quote "not to lynch the appointee."

  He called on Senate Democrats to continue the legacy of Barack Obama.

  Rush added, "we need to have not just one African-American in the U.S. Senate.  We need to have many African-Americans in the U.S. Senate."

  For his part, President-elect Obama called Burris "a fine public servant."

  But, in a statement, he agreed with Senate Democrats that "they cannot accept" the appointment they have vowed to block.

  Senator Dick Durbin said, "it is clear that he has forfeited moral authority to fill this
senate seat."

  As the news broke, posters on the Chicago Tribune message board were outraged, even amused.

  Messages included, "are you kidding me?" "blago is giving everyone the middle finger." and, "love it, love it, love it."

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