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Duckworth Talks About Blago's Corruption Charges

Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth says she’s troubled by allegations the governor attempted to profit from the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. Duckworth has been mentioned as a possible replacement for the post.

Tammy Duckworth told reporters weeks ago she’d be honored if she was appointed to the Senate. Now with Blagojevich’s arrest, who or how that seat will be filled is in question. Duckworth today says she’s saddened by the news.

DUCKWORTH: I was deeply, deeply troubled and saddened by the charges. But, I don’t think it’s the right thing for me to do right now to speculate in light of the ongoing criminal investigation.

Duckworth was appointed to her current job by Blagojevich. She says she’s focusing on her work for veterans.

DUCKWORTH: My loyalty is to the people of the state of Illinois and to continue to do a good as job as I’ve done so far and also to continue to serve this country. Duckworth says she’s never talked to Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy.

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