Burris available for Ill. U.S. Senate appointment

Roland Burris, the Illinoisan with more statewide office experience than any other black politician, says he’d accept an appointment to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Roland Burris, the Illinoisan with more statewide office experience than any other Black politician, says he’d accept an appointment to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. Burris told The Associated Press Wednesday that a half-dozen Black ministers from Chicago have approached him to see if he’s interested in the job. The Centralia native says that if Gov. Rod Blagojevich appoints him, he’d accept. Burris has been based in Chicago for decades as an attorney, consultant, state comptroller and state attorney general. The 71-year-old says Obama’s replacement needs to have a good chance for winning a Senate term in his own right, and he’s never lost to a Republican. The appointment expires in January 2011. AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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