WASHINGTON---Embattled Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) will deliver his second floor speech on Wednesday--at about 3:45 p.m. eastern on District of Columbia voting rights. He'll also preside over the Senate--the Senators all take turns--later on this afternoon.
Burris--declining invitations to resign--announced two staff pick: Brady King, who will serve as Senator Burris' interim Chief of Staff, and Jim O'Connor, who will serve as Communications Director.
below, release from Burris....
U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris Announces Key Staff Appointments
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, upon returning to our nation's capitol and resuming work in Congress, U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris announced the appointment of two senior staff members. The appointments include that of Brady King, who will serve as Senator Burris' interim Chief of Staff, and Jim O'Connor, who will serve as Communications Director.
"It is my great pleasure to announce the appointments of Mr. King and Mr. O'Connor. I am confident that these individuals will be instrumental in helping me carry out my work as the junior senator from Illinois, and I look forward to receiving their advice and counsel," Senator Burris said.
King, a Capitol Hill veteran since 1992, has served Representative Chet Edwards (D-TX) as Appropriations Advisor, Representative Allen Boyd (D-FL) as Legislative Director, and Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) as Defense Policy Advisor. King holds degrees from Texas A&M University and Baylor University, and he is completing a PhD at Temple University.
O'Connor is a veteran of Chicago and Illinois politics. O'Connor has served as Press Secretary for US Senate candidate Blair Hull, Political Director at the firm of Wilhelm & Conlon, and has most recently been based in San Francisco as a political commentator for Bay-area evening news station, KRON4.