Burris Joining Senate This Week

That’s Senator Burris to you: Blago’s pick will be sworn in as Illinois’ junior senator later this week. All the roadblocks to his selection were lifted this afternoon, and Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a joint statement: “We have spoken to Mr. Burris to let him know that he is now the Senator-designate from Illinois and as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a Senator-elect.” As you may recall, Illinois lawmakers voted last week to impeach Governor Blagojevich, but not before he appointed former state Attorney General Roland Burris to Obama’s Senate seat. No word on whether Burris agreed not to stand for re-election in 2010.