President-elect Barack Obama says it is "extremely disappointing" that Rod Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris to his former Senate seat, and renewed his call for the embattled Illinois governor to resign amid corruption charges. He sided with Senate Democrats in arguing that the chamber could not seat Burris, despite his qualifications.
Here's his full statement:
"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. 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," said President-elect Obama.