Obama Blasts Blago's Move

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2008 5:47 PM CST
Former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris takes questions.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama today criticized Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to appoint a successor to the president-elect's Senate seat, CNN reports. Obama called the governor's move "disappointing" and said he backed Democrats' position of blocking any such appointment. Obama again urged Blagojevich to resign so Illinois could have a "functioning government."

"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," Obama said. "I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Gov. Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it."