The secretary of the Senate today turned former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris away from taking the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
Burris says he's a "solution to the problem." He would also be only the fourth black Senator since Reconstruction.
But senior members of his own party have pledged to block his appointment — or any other made by tainted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Farai Chideya speaks with NPR's Cheryl Corley.