Candidate for Rahm

A Democratic candidate in the sweepstakes for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

But they quickly backed off that proposal when it appeared Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) might run for the seat.

The issue is hot button in Illinois, where appointed Sen. Roland Burris (D) is under increasing heat for his previously undisclosed contacts with Blagojevich aides.

Burris initially denied having contacts with those close to Blagojevich during the appointment process, but he has now said he had contact with Blagojevich aides and the former governor