CHICAGO
01/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lisa Madigan Not Interested In Obama Senate Seat 'At This Point'

Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, who has gone to the Illinois Supreme Court to try to force embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ouster, said today she is not interested "at this point" in succeeding President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Madigan has come under fire from some critics over a potential political conflict of interest in trying to force Blagojevich's ouster, which would clear the way for Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn to make an appointment to the Senate seat that Obama has vacated. Madigan had previously refused any comment on whether she was interested in the Senate seat.

"At this point, I am not interested in it," Madigan said of the Senate seat on WGN-AM 720 this morning. "I really don't think that this is the time, at least for me, to be talking politics. You know, we've been immersed, almost around the clock since Tuesday in trying to make sure that we are pursuing every legitimate way to move the state forward."

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