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Former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris is planning to arrive in Washington on Tuesday -- replace president elect Barack Obama in it in -- -- feet.
Held by Illinois -- -- -- -- questions surrounding him and Illinois governor.
Does personally have a chance of being -- Joining us now -- has been following all of the developments in the story very closely Lynn Sweet the Washington bureau chief of the Chicago sun times thanks so much for coming in today.
You have long covered mr.
Burris why in the world would he take on this battle.
Let's figure -- -- kind of an easy way and this is an easy way to do it by appointment he's actually coming to town Monday afternoon.
He he lands and he has a meeting now we now know here we thought they said that he is going to meet with.
Obama -- he would but with that Burris on Wednesday so he -- initiated on Tuesday when these senators it.
But now reset it might -- room to negotiate.
That's an interesting point because he's been so hard line so hard -- the democratic leaders -- and since long before we knew Burris would be the potential appointment.
They sent a letter saying we're not gonna see any -- that comes from governor Blagojevich.
But now we have a situation where mr.
Burris is on his way he plans to just follow through with this and now today the senate leader saying.
Well there's always room for some negotiation -- at India a good point if I hope for Paris.
If he had decided to whether we'll call.
Being on the wrong side politically remember this is an appointment.
That every Democrat leader for us president elect Obama -- down did not want him to accept.
If they didn't want to have anything to do with the precipitation Governors Island -- -- -- number every democratic leader.
Now this isn't about love for the moment -- -- politics.
Roland Burris is somebody -- look at the ambition to be senator or governor and now he has kids -- -- He says so like -- here do.
You know -- I might have to be somebody who is an -- coming in the way that leaders want but if I can get -- anyway I still have them to myself.
How does she think it played in fact that there have been some allegations that it Democrats did not seat -- it was some sort of affront to the only incoming potential African American member of the senate.
Reid is now lashing back today saying there's nothing racist in anything that I -- or anything that I've done.
Seems very sensitive and and wants to be very clear that has no part of this process how do you think it -- -- factors -- him now being willing to negotiate.
Well somebody has to do with a story in the sometime -- that we put on the -- Friday night next Sunday editions.
Where will my colleagues unattached or cracking Chris -- -- -- -- did a story where we talk about how Harry Reid.
Was in a phone call some of which might have been taped by the by the feds investigating -- -- rich.
They're talking about who should get the appointment.
And he was 42 women in Illinois got Tammy Duckworth an Asian American who is the veterans affairs chief.
Lisa Madigan the attorney general and he thought that there would be electability problems with congressman Danny Davis Jessie Jackson and -- Jones.
That was his assessment now taken in the political context he's getting steal what you're hearing -- react to is that.
It made it seem like -- he knew he was trying to do anything more than just make a political assessment.
The leaders of the house and senate both Republican and Democrat all the time to recruiting for seats and all the time handicap to -- a person that's keeping it this has nothing to do with race or gender.
Or religion sexual orientation or anything.
They're just trying to pick a horse that will get across the line.
-- right to be very interesting week entry of the all over Lindsay thank you so much thank.
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