Rep. Donna Christensen defends appointment of Roland Burris to Senate, after call for a black senator

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush didn't pull any punches yesterday when he challenged Senators who were making noises about blocking the appointment of Roland Burris, an African-American, to the U.S. Senate. Embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich's announcement raised a lot of eyebrows, but Rush's statements raised even more. The Takeaway talks to Congresswoman Donna Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Second Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 111th Congress.
"He chose an outstanding person and I don't think that that person necessarily comes under his cloud."
— Donna M. Christensen on Blagojevich's appointment


Rep. Donna M. Christensen


Noel King

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With all the controversy and the promise by the Senate not to seat any choice by Blagojevich, why would someone take the offer of the seat at this point? Surely any candidate chosen by Blag would know that it would be a fight uphill to be accepted. It leaves me to believe that Mr. Burris has ulterior motives or is taking his appointment by the old adage, "any way you can get it" which is less than honorable.

Jan. 01 2009 08:46 AM

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