CHICAGO (AP) -- On the day Roland Burris was sworn in as a new U.S. senator, the Illinois Republican Party blasted Democrats for letting the state become a "national embarrassment."
State GOP chairman Andy McKenna blamed Illinois Democrats for failing to pass a bill stripping embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his appointment powers.
Blagojevich appointed Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate despite warnings from politicians in Illinois and Washington not to fill the seat.
The governor made the appointment after he was arrested on federal corruption charges and while lawmakers moved ahead to impeach him.
McKenna called Burris another "Blagojevich Democrat."