Yesterday, Roland Burris was sworn into the United States Senate, taking over the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
Today, Burris apparently has the first challenger to his 2010 re-election:
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is open to running against Roland Burris in 2010, potentially setting up a contested Democratic primary for the scandal-tainted Illinois Senate seat.
Schakowsky, leaving the Burris swearing-in ceremony Thursday, told Politico that “time will tell” whether she’d run or not. Asked whether she was ruling a run in or out, she said, “No.”
I expect there will be more where this came from–the fact that Burris is in the Senate solely because of Rod Blagojevich is a major weakness, as is the fact that Burris has frequently lost bids for statewide office in Illinois.
Also, this may pose a problem:
But Burris’ record as state attorney general contradicts this squeaky clean image. It shows Burris to be more like a stereotypical Illinois politician: He steered state business to friends, gave state jobs to family and later, as a private lobbyist, benefited from his political ties.