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Should Senator Roland Burris Step Down?

Ex-IL governor Rod Blagojevich has cast a net of scandal big enough to cover that hair of his.

Thanks to revelations that (not-quite-ex) IL Senator Roland Burris might not have been honest about how he came to be appointed by Blagojevich, Burris has become increasingly isolated in Washington and in Illinois. The Senate Ethics Committee and the state prosecutor's office are currently investigating him.

After previously denying that he had any inappropriate conversations about the Senate seat, Burris admitted last week that he tried to raise money for Blagojevich while also expressing his interest in Obama's vacant seat.

Burris's lawyers are preparing a document to show that he hasn't changed his story. Something tells me you're in trouble if you have to prepare a document to show you've kept your story straight.


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Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
I find it ironic, the Democrats fight to keep Burris out of the Senate because of the corruption of then governor Blagovitch, a week before they need 60 votes to pass the stimulus package, a week after the vote SHAZAM, Oh my God, the Democrats rediscover that Burris is tainted. As Captain Renault famously said “I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! ...” So much for the Republican “culture of corruption”, and Democrats “most open and ethical….”. Do you think the Democrats would be upset if they thought that Burris had a snowballs chance in hell of actually winning and keeping that seat two years from now?
mangelea mangelea 8 years
What else would you expect? Our world as a whole is moving toward integrity and honesty but it will take a while for our politicians to figure that out. Fortunately it seem his peers aren't even supporting him so we're definitely going in the right direction!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I say step down because I now question his effectiveness in the face of growing opposition. My opinion on whether he's guilty or not is still out for deliberation. I try not to convict people based on what a situation may appear to be especially when there are still layers yet to be revealed. I try to convict based on details that clearly illustrate guilt.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I said he never should have been given the seat in the first place. Now it's time for him to step down and let some other corrupt Illinois politician step in.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Step down.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Did I not warn you all NOT to put any of my family member's in office? Did I tell you not to? Ha ha, my cousin and I are laughing so hard at all this crud. They couldn't stop him for getting in so now they are gonna have to get a stick and a chair and some WD-40 and pry him out of the capitol. We Burris' generate mass confusion - that is our purpose in life.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I think he should step down and maybe the state legislature can appoint his replacement? The only thing that would worry me if I lived in IL was to not have a senator while they get the gears of a (potentially expensive) special election together.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I voted yea. Dude is corrupt. Janneth, your comment cracked me up... Illinois is notorious for corruption. I lived there for seven years, during which I became used to it. Everyone knows the system is largely crooked. So it's always refreshing to realize that outside of the state, people aren't aware... reminds me that yes, it really IS that backwards there!
Myst Myst 8 years
Janneth.. it's all politicians but Illinois seems to breed especially special
janneth janneth 8 years
What IS it about Illinois politicians?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
A politician from Chicago wasn't necessarily honest?!?! Does that really come as a shock to anyone?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
latte i agree he looks like a total scuzzbucket.
em1282 em1282 8 years
"Ex-IL governor Rod Blagojevich has cast a net of scandal big enough to cover that hair of his. " :rotfl: I guess it would depend on how much a special election would cost the state of IL. That's my concern, to be honest, since I've read that by the time the special election would get going, it would already be time for another regular election, sooo...yeah.
lattegoodness lattegoodness 8 years
I never liked this guy, he just looks like a weasel. That said, I am curious about this document. Seems like a whole bunch of back peddaling to me. If the document proves to be inconsistent, he needs to be booted out!! Also hated how when he was first trying to be Senator after Blagojevich nominated him, he used the race card... really? :eyeroll: Total weasel.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
I'm not a huge fan of Burris or Blagovich, but if Burris can clear himself of the charges, I say let him have at it. "Something tells me you're in trouble if you have to prepare a document to show you've kept your story straight." If that's the only way he can prove without doubt his innocence, then let him. We're still (at least we claim) innocent until proven guilty in this country, last I heard.
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