The Illinois Republican Party has issued a stinging statement on the apparent selection of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, blaming Democrats for refusing to strip embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his appointment powers.
Here's the statement, from Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna:
"Illinois Republicans were the first to demand Rod Blagojevich have nothing to do with appointing our next United States Senator.
"Because they went back on their word and refused to strip Blagojevich of his appointment power and pass a special election, Illinois Democrats have created yet another constitutional crisis for Illinois.
"Blagojevich Democrat Roland Burris is emblematic of the old-school, pay-to-play culture that has plagued Illinois for generations and this appointment is another embarrassment for the people of Illinois.
"Once again, Blagojevich Democrats have failed the people of Illinois by refusing to strip Rod Blagojevich of his senate appointment power and blocking a vote of the people."