CHICAGO (AP) - Roland Burris says he's going to tell Democratic leaders he's ready to take his appointed place in the U.S. Senate despite their vows not to seat him.
Calling himself the junior senator from Illinois, a defiant Burris spoke with reporters Monday before heading to Washington.
He chalked up the controversy swirling around his appointment to a "spectacle" of politics and theater.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the chamber won't seat anyone appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is facing federal corruption charges.
Burris says he plans to sit down with Reid and tell him: "I'm here to take my seat."
The two plan to meet Wednesday, a day after a Democrats are expected to object to Burris being sworn in with the rest of his incoming Senate class.
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