Friday, January 2, 2009

Sergeant at arms expects no trouble from Burris

Blagojevich's chosen Senate successor plans to be on Capitol Hill Tuesday

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate's sergeant at arms says he doesn't expect trouble when Roland Burris shows up to be sworn in as President-elect Barack Obama's successor on Tuesday.

The sergeant at arms, Terrence Gainer, said he has known Burris for years. Gainer said in a telephone interview: "He is a good man. He plays by the rules."

Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, was chosen for the seat by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who has been accused by federal prosecutors of trying to make a deal to benefit from the Senate vacancy.

Gainer said Friday that he did not believe Burris wants a confrontation. Senate Democratic leaders have said they won't allow him to take a seat.

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