The latest here. Apparently there is to be a news conference this afternoon.
UPDATE: TPM summarizes the Blagojevich/Burris press conference. Ouch!
Blagojevich forcefully said that the people of Illinois should not be without full representation in the Senate, and urged people to not hold any cloud over Burris: “Please don’t allow the allegations against me to taint this good and honest man.”
Burris had an awkward moment when he was asked about his past donations to Blagojevich’s campaign. Burris expressed surprise at the dollar amount listed. “We didn’t have that much money to give to the governor,” he said in a jocular tone — not exactly the sort of remark that would inspire confidence.
Burris also backed away sharply from his prior statements that he was only seeking to be a caretaker. When asked whether he would run in 2010, Burris responded: “We have to determine that when we get to that point.”
Finally, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) made an appearance at the podium and stated in forceful terms that the Senate must not reject the appointment of a black Senator, going so far as to tell everyone to not “hang or lynch the appointee as you try to ruin and castigate the appointer.”