MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state Representative Alvin
Holmes is calling on the U.S. Senate to allow former Illinois
Attorney General Roland Burris to take a seat in the Senate.
Burris would become the only black currently in the Senate. He was appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rob R. Blagojevich to replace President-elect Barack Obama.
Opponents say Burris' appointment is tainted because Blagojevich is accused by federal authorities of offering to sell the vacancy to the highest bidder.
Holmes urged ranking Senate Democrats Harry Reid on Nevada and Dick Durbin of Illinois not to block the seating of Burris.
Holmes says Burris' appointment was legal. He says Burris is a good man and it would be racism for white senators to block him from taking his seat.
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