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Obama praises Burris, backs Sen. Dems

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
President-elect Obama praised Blagojevich-appointee Roland Burris, but backed Senate Democrats' statements "that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat."

"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat," Obama said in a statement. "I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy."