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IL Sec State acknowledges power limited

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
The Illinois Secretary of State's office acknowledged that Secretary Jesse White's refusal to sign off on embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Obama's Senate seat holds little more than "moral" weight.

"We've been doing a little research on this, and its a little nebulus," White's Press Secretary David Druker told First Read. "We do think the governor can still bring it to the U.S. Senate" without White's signature.

He added, "I guess you could say it was a moral stand."

Druker said White is friendly with Roland Burris and likes him personally, but he disagreed with Burris' assertion on MSNBC's 1600 that White would change his mind.

"I don't think that's a good bet," Druker said, adding that the Secretary of State's office "felt particularly supported" when Obama put out a statement in which he largely backed Senate Democrats' stance against seating Burris.