Statement of President-elect Barack Obama

 
Published12/30/2008 5:39 PM

Here is the full statement from President-elect Barack Obama regarding Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris to fill Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat:

"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 Gov. 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 Gov. 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."

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