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Rush Petitions For African-American To Replace Obama in the Senate

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Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush says an African-American should be picked to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

The Chicago Democrat held a press conference today to announce a statewide petition drive on the issue. Rush, who is black, says he’s not personally interested in the post and says he won’t endorse a candidate.

RUSH: We are not about personalities. We really are about the principal that there should be an African-American. There are a number of people who have put their names forward who are imminently qualified to be in the U.S. Senate. But you know if we start picking personalities then we’re going to add to the division.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Danny Davis are two African-American congressmen who have publicly expressed interest in the position. Rush says he expects to send the petition later this month to Governor Rod Blagojevich who gets to make the appointment. A spokesperson for Blagojevich says race will be one factor in appointing a candidate, but not the only factor.

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