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Quinn Avoids Saying What Burris Should Do

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Quinn Avoids Saying What Burris Should Do

Roland Burris is in Washington, D.C. Tuesday hoping to be sworn in as Illinois’ junior senator. His appointment has drawn sharp reaction from politicians across the country. But Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn is choosing his words carefully on whether he thinks Burris should back down.

When they spoke last week, Quinn says he told Roland Burris the senate appointment by embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich was a mistake. But he wouldn’t say whether he told Burris to withdraw his acceptance. At a press conference, Quinn avoided directly saying what Burris should do next.

QUINN: The senate seat belongs to the people. And I think the people of Illinois did not want this governor to make an appointment to the senate seat or any other appointment. And that was certainly what Barack Obama expressed very forcefully.

Quinn repeatedly referred to Barack Obama’s opposition to the governor’s action. Blagojevich faces federal corruption charges, but has denied any wrongdoing. Quinn would become governor if Blagojevich resigns or is forced from office.

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