Op-Ed: Backing Burris For Being Black? Before Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris, an African-American, to the open Senate seat, Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush promised not to back anyone Blagojevich appointed. Clarence Page says Rush has changed his mind and decided to back Burris because he is black.
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Op-Ed: Backing Burris For Being Black?

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Op-Ed: Backing Burris For Being Black?

Op-Ed: Backing Burris For Being Black?

Op-Ed: Backing Burris For Being Black?

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Before Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris, an African-American, to the open Senate seat, Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush promised not to back anyone Blagojevich appointed. Chicago Times columnist Clarence Page believes Rush has changed his mind and decided to back Burris because he is black. However, blogger Sophia Nelson says why he changed his mind doesn't matter: Burris is qualified and should be seated.

Correction Jan. 6, 2009

We incorrectly said that Illinois voters could recall Gov. Blagojevich. The Illinois Constitution does not have a recall provision.