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(The Hill) — One would have thought that Sen. Roland Burris (D) would leave Washington and come home to Chicago and just keep quiet. His boneheaded decision to lobby Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) for an appointment to Barack Obama’s Senate seat landed Burris the appointment, but ruined his reputation. Blago was soon arrested and impeached, and the FBI released tapes of Burris appearing to offer Blago a donation and a fundraiser in exchange for the seat.  The Democrats tried to deny Burris the seat until the optics of barring an elderly African-American from a body in which he would be the only African-American became too ugly.

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