Confident Burris: 'I Am the Senator'
'I am the senator,' former Illinois Attorney General said
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2008 5:14 PM CST
Former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris, right, takes questions after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Burris as his choice to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Roland Burris is declaring himself the junior senator from Illinois, and he's confident that Democrats will "come around" and ditch their efforts to block his appointment, the Wall Street Journal reports. If they don't, he's got a team of lawyers ready to fight, but he doesn't think it will come to that. “By what authority can Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid deny a governor carrying out his constitutional duty?” he asked. "I am the senator."

"I think Roland was a bit braver than I am," said Danny Davis, who represents Illinois in the House and turned down the offer of a Rod Blagojevich appointment before Burris accepted. "I think Roland decided that he could withstand the climate, and still be effective."