02/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Roland Burris Stakes Claim To Senate Seat: 'I Am The Senator' (VIDEO)

CHICAGO - The man who embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named to fill a vacant Senate seat says he hopes legal details regarding his controversial appointment are worked out soon.

Roland Burris told WLS-TV in Chicago on Sunday that he isn't ruling out going to court to press his case for claiming the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Burris maintains he has nothing to do with the corruption investigation surrounding Blagojevich.

Blagojevich has denied wrongdoing.

Senate Democratic leaders say they'll reject any appointee named by Blagojevich but Burris says he still plans to go to Washington on Monday to claim the seat.

Before heading to Washington, Burris plans to speak Sunday evening to Chicago ministers and his supporters.


In an appearance on NBC Chicago's "City Desk" Sunday, Burris declared flatly "I am the Senator." Burris also discussed how Gov. Blagojevich approached him about the seat, his plans for handling the resistance to his seating in Washington and whether or not he will run for reelection in 2010 should he be seated.

Watch (via Progress Illinois):

At a West Side church Sunday, Burris supporters reiterated their call for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to certify Burris' appointment to the Senate and for Democratic leaders to seat him: