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Burris rejected from Senate seat

POSTED: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 4:52pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:00pm

WASHINGTON - A Democratic official says the Secretary of the Senate turned away former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris this morning, when he tried to take the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Burris, who was appointed by embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, was told his credentials aren't in order. Burris says he's considering a federal lawsuit to force Senate Democrats to allow him his seat.

Ranking Democrats say any appointment by Blagojevich would be tainted. They say they will postpone filling the seat.

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