Rush Plays Race Card on Burris Pick

Tells Senate to take 'chill pill' and accept black member

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2008 11:28 AM CST

(Newser) – Bobby Rush thinks Rod Blagojevich’s choice for Barack Obama’s Senate seat ought to get the job despite the governor’s alleged misdeeds, for one simple reason: He’s black. Yesterday at a press conference, Rush applauded the selection of Roland Burris, and urged the press not to “hang or lynch” him; today in a CBS interview he compared the Senate’s vow not to seat Burris to segregation.

“All these folks who are opposed to Gov. Blagojevich, they need to take a chill pill,” Rush told CBS, alluding to situations “where you have officials standing in the doorway of school children. You know, I'm talking about all of us back in 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas. I'm talking about George Wallace, Bull Connors and I'm sure that the US Senate don't want to see themselves placed in the same position.”

US Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of Roland Burris, right, to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat yesterday in Chicago.
US Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of Roland Burris, right, to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat yesterday in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
An Oct. 6, 2005, file photos shows Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., a  during an interview at his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.
An Oct. 6, 2005, file photos shows Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., a during an interview at his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Yuri Gripas/file)
Former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris takes questions after Rod Blagojevich announces Burris as his choice to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat Tuesday in Chicago.
Former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris takes questions after Rod Blagojevich announces Burris as his choice to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat Tuesday in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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