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"Senator" Roland Burris to face ethics committee

By LesleyM - Posted on 17 February 2009

"Roland Burris, the newest senator from Illinois, might be setting a new record for the quickest dash from the swearing-in ceremony to the Senate Ethics Committee.

A statement just out from Jim Manley, spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) effectively clears the way for the committee to look into the situation. "Senator Reid supports Senator Burris's decision to cooperate with all appropriate officials who may review this matter, including state agencies and the Senate Ethics Committee," said Manley in a statement. "  - link to entire article

I hate to say "I told you so," ...............BUT...............when Burris was appointed by Blagoviech (or however you spell it!) did anyone actually think Burris was squeaky clean and above all of the "pay to play" political jockeying in Chicago???  I think he should save everyone a lot of time and energy and just resign.   What are your thoughts?

I'm surprised that this got no comments.  Maybe no one wants to look at Dem dirty

Seriously, everytime Burris opens his mouth about this, he seems to dig himself deeper into the hole.  

We will need a lot of Misty's popcorn to watch this one play out. 

I guess it's a bit of a 'meh' reaction, since he was a) from Chicago and b) picked by Blagojevich. Maybe we figured that he was going to be tainted, but he'll do a so-so job of hiding it.

It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

Dear Suzi : my guess is that everyone's kind of exasperated about the whole Illinois senate seat thing, and not really surprised by it.  To me, I think the bottom line was that the seat was probably supposed to go to Jackson Jr, and all these other people wanted it and it has led to one huge mess.  Only to be outdone by Minnesota where Franken should have been seated a long time ago.

Burris needs to go, period.

The new Illinois governor will then be free to appoint someone who is above any "taint."

I think Burris will eventually resign, rather than go all the way through an ethics investigation. At least, I hope so.


Ooh!  Ooh!.... How about Tammy Duckworth? 

That would probably be a good appointment.


 Did you see the way he fought to get in there to begin with. He won't resign. The only way I see Burris leaving the Senate is an impeachment.
Pass the popcorn...this should be good.  I just hope he hasn't had his "temple" updated
Is he up for re-election in 2010? Because I say and I really don't care either way about this man, Why waste time impeaching this man, he'll probably lose his seat in 2010. I think alot of people would have voted him out anyway given his ties to Blago in the first place.  
Obama's seat would have been up in 2010, so yes, Burris would face an election that year, assuming he survives this.

It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

Didn't he say at the time he was appointed that he wasn't going to seek reelection?  Or am I confusing things in my mind?

This looks like an opportunity for a GOP pickup in a traditional Dem state (in 2010).


If that happens, the Dems can thank Blago.  But..considering the popularity Obama, the former IL senator, the President could campaign strongly in the state for another Dem candidate and pull off the win.  Of course, how much President Obama would want to get involved, even indirectly in this mess, could be a big negative to the D in the race.  If Burris runs, Obama could well take a hands off approach.  I couldn't blame him one bit.
This whole mess has made me think there should be a different way to select a replacement for Senators when their seats are vacated.  Giving one person (the governor) this much power and control could and has led to unethical behaviors.  I know, it's shocking( tongue firmly planted in cheek!!), but there are some unethical politicians out there only looking out to better themselves.  I don't really know what the answer is, as special elections are expensive and time consuming, but there has to be a better way!

Dick Durbin asks Roland Burris to resign, he refuses

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