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Quinn Speaks Out Against Appointment

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today named Roland Burris as his pick for the U.S. Senate. That drew sharp criticism with Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn’s been one of the most vocal of Illinois officials calling for the removal of Blagojevich from office. He’s also next in line to be governor. Quinn says the appointment is a mistake.

QUINN: So the governor’s action today, his provocative action, is an insult to the people of Illinois.

Quinn’s called for a special election to name the next senator. As for Roland Burris, Quinn says he’s an old friend, but accepting Blagojevich’s offer is bad form.

QUINN: I think he made a mistake today in accepting an appointment from a person such as Rod Blagojevich, who is not fit to hold the office of governor.

Illinios’ Secretary of State says he won’t sign off on the appointment and the U.S. Senate Majority Leader says the appointment will not stand.

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