The day after the awkward, poorly staged, and all around strange press conference where Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich defied everyone and choose former Illinois Attorney Gen. Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama in the Senate Burris has gone and pulled an Obama by completely trashing Blago.
Here’s how CNN put it:
The man appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat said Wednesday his appointment to the position is legal, despite the charges against the governor.
Former Illinois Attorney Gen. Roland Burris said Blagojevich is innocent until proven guilty, even though his behavior “is reprehensible.”
“I don’t look upon the governor’s problems as my problems. I look at the governor’s problems as his problems,” Burris said.
Ouch… but if that wasn’t enough, it gets even better. In the same enthusiastic manor he accepted the appointment from Blago, Burris is now doing a back flip to support the current attorney general’s attempts to impeach Blago:
He also appeared to support Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s efforts to remove Blagojevich from office, calling his alleged actions “reprehensible.”
“I certainly applaud her actions,” he said of Madigan in a December 13 news conference, according to WBBM. “Illinois is too important to its 18 million citizens to have a chief executive who is now incapacitated.
“The evidence that’s been presented is pretty appalling, should that come out to be the case of what our governor is attempting to do,” he said, according to WBBM.
And as if all of that wasn’t rich enough, Burris genuinely believes that he wont be tainted by any of this… what a joke:
After Blagojevich’s announcement, Burris asked to be judged on his own merits.
“I have nothing to do with the governor’s problems,” he told CNN. “I am not tainted by this appointment.”
What’s that saying? You can’t have your appointment and an impeachment too?