Defying Democratic party leaders, the embattled governor of Illinois has appointed a Senate replacement for President-elect Barack Obama despite federal charges that he tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday announced he has chosen former state Attorney General Roland Burris for the job. Jones, a Chicago Democrat, said Burris told him of the governor's decision in a telephone call Tuesday morning.
The Democratic governor can announce Burris as his pick, but it may be an empty gesture. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who must certify the appointment, said Tuesday he will not do so. And U.S. Senate leaders reiterated that they won't accept anyone appointed by Blagojevich, who was arrested Dec. 9 on federal corruption charges.