Tuesday, February 17, 2009

As the Burris turns..

From the Chicago Tribune:

Burris now acknowledges fundraising effort for Blagojevich
Posted by Rick Pearson, John Chase and Ray Long at 10:40 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor’s brother at the same time he was making a pitch to be appointed to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.

Burris' latest comments in Peoria Monday night were the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojevich. Previously Burris has left the impression that he always balked at the issue of raising money for the governor because of his interest in the Senate appointment.

In comments to reporters after appearing at a Democratic dinner, the senator several times contradicted his latest under-oath affidavit that he quietly filed with the Illinois House impeachment panel earlier this month. That affidavit was itself an attempt to clean up his live, sworn testimony to the panel Jan. 8, when he omitted his contacts with several Blagojevich insiders.

Something tells me the senator, pictured below

is not long for the job.


Lula O said...

Good one. I swear is there one honest politician in Washington?

Carlos said...
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Carlos said...

Yeah ... his ELECTED colleague, Senator Dick Durbin, is a genuine good guy.

O Lula, you're such a cynic! :)

Peter said...

Carlos, right now, barring action by the state legislature, the authority rests w/the gov. (The constitution mandates special elections for representatives, but through the residual of senators originally being appointed by state legislatures, no such requirement applies to the Senate. The legislature could pass a measure calling for a special election, but they don't have to.

We need to work on that beer and pizza plan!

Carlos said...

Let's! Let me know; somewhere closer maybe (I'm coming from Palatine), now that the weather's on the improve.