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In their joint statement, Senate Democrats said they did not disparage Mr. Burris‘ accomplishments, but said any Blagojevich appointment would be a distraction from pursuing Mr. Obama’s change agenda.

“We again urge Gov. Blagojevich to not make this appointment. It is unfair to Mr. Burris, it is unfair to the people of Illinois, and it will ultimately not stand,” the Democrats said, repeating their call for Mr. Blagojevich to resign as governor.