Burris Refused Seat In U.S. Senate 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 would be only the fourth black Senator since Reconstruction. For more, Farai Chideya speaks with NPR's Cheryl Corley.

Burris Refused Seat In U.S. Senate

Burris Refused Seat In U.S. Senate

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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.