U.S. Rep. Danny Davis turned Blagojevich senate appointment down. Photo credits: AP
Writing for the New York Times, Monica Davey and Sharon Otterman report the behind the scenes story on Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to fill Obama’s vacant senate seat:
“CHICAGO — A day after Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois appointed Roland W. Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s former Senate seat, new details emerged about how the governor worked behind closed doors to make the appointment, and the United States attorney prosecuting Mr. Blagojevich on corruption charges sought a 90-day extension to bring an indictment against him.
‘“At a Tuesday news conference here, Mr. Blagojevich breezily introduced Mr. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, as the ‘next United States senator from Illinois.’ But United States Representative Danny Davis, who like Mr. Burris is a longtime fixture of the Illinois Democratic Party and an African-American, said he was offered the seat in a meeting with an emissary of the governor last Wednesday, and turned it down on Friday.”’