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leekohler
Feb 18, 2009, 12:38 PM
I don't normally post editorials, but this one is a good one. Burris never should have accepted this in the first place. Now we're getting the circus I suspected we would.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0218edit1feb18,0,6946762.story



The benefit of the doubt had already been stretched thin and taut by the time Roland Burris offered his third version of the events leading to his appointment to the U.S. Senate. It finally snapped like a rubber band, popping him on that long Pinocchio nose of his, when he came out with version four.

Let's see if we have it right: Burris had zero contact with any of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's cronies about his interest in the Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama—unless you count that conversation with former chief of staff Lon Monk, and, on further reflection, the ones with insiders John Harris, Doug Scofield and John Wyma and, oh yeah, the governor's brother and fundraising chief, Robert Blagojevich. But Burris didn't raise a single dollar for the now ex-governor as a result of those contacts because that could be construed as a quid pro quo and besides, everyone he asked refused to donate.

The story gets worse with every telling.

Enough. Roland Burris must resign.

His protests that he had nothing to hide just don't square with his obvious attempts to hide something, as evidenced by the evolving truths in three sworn statements to the House impeachment panel. His Jan. 8 testimony before that panel contradicted the affidavit he'd filed three days earlier. On Feb. 5 he submitted a "clarification" detailing the contacts he'd failed to mention on the stand.

Now he has admitted that the governor's brother hit him up to raise campaign cash, and in at least one conversation, Burris raised his prospects for being appointed to the Senate.

Rob Blagojevich's attorney has acknowledged that the feds likely have at least one of those conversations on tape. Burris told reporters Monday night that he "talked to some people about trying to see if we could put a fundraiser on," but "they said, 'We aren't giving money to the governor.' "

The hole just gets deeper and deeper, and Burris keeps digging. He has no credibility.

And many Democrats are losing theirs.

Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D- Chicago), who chaired the impeachment panel, sat on Burris' amended testimony for more than a week.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed that no Senate appointment by the disgraced Rod Blagojevich would stand—until Blagojevich appointed Burris.

They told Burris to go to the impeachment committee and testify fully and truthfully. And he did not.

And now what? "He went before the state Legislature and he obviously convinced them, but we'll have to see… I hope he didn't try to avoid or mislead anyone..." Reid said Tuesday. Durbin is on an overseas trip and hasn't bothered to comment on the tomfoolery back home. Late Tuesday came word that the Senate Ethics Committee has started a preliminary inquiry.

Finally, remember that Illinois Democrats failed to do right by the people and schedule a special election for this Senate vacancy. If they had done that, voters today might be weighing the lost credibility of candidate Burris, instead of expressing their disgust with Sen. Burris.

Disgraceful. Disgraceful all around.

There's only one honorable action for Burris: resign.

Strip this whole wretched process out of the hands of the politicians and give it back to the people.

MacNut
Feb 18, 2009, 12:43 PM
Can they force him out based on false pretenses.

leekohler
Feb 18, 2009, 12:46 PM
Can they force him out based on false pretenses.

Ugh- I don't know. The guy is a jerk. He's the guy who likes to execute people who've been proven innocent. We don't need anymore of that type in the government.

mkrishnan
Feb 18, 2009, 12:47 PM
It's kind of sad... I and many Democrats would have been quite happy with our initial position on Burris -- that we were not aware of any evidence of wrongdoing on his part but that he could not accept or retain the position in the interest of preservation of the democratic process. This was more than a reasonable out for him.

Now we know differently, so that ship has sailed. As Democrats or Democrat sympathizers as many of us are, and as proponents of a just and democratic system of governance for our state and nation (which hopefully all of us are), we need to stamp this out right now.

kavika411
Feb 18, 2009, 12:56 PM
Question: If he resigns, how will his replacement be selected?

leekohler
Feb 18, 2009, 12:58 PM
It's kind of sad... I and many Democrats would have been quite happy with our initial position on Burris -- that we were not aware of any evidence of wrongdoing on his part but that he could not accept or retain the position in the interest of preservation of the democratic process. This was more than a reasonable out for him.

Now we know differently, so that ship has sailed. As Democrats or Democrat sympathizers as many of us are, and as proponents of a just and democratic system of governance for our state and nation (which hopefully all of us are), we need to stamp this out right now.

This guy's always been a jacka**, Mohan. He should have never been put through in the first place. The state should have gotten rid of Blago faster.

Question: If he resigns, how will his replacement be selected?

Pat Quinn, our new governor, would most likely pick somebody. But I'd rather we held an election.

sysiphus
Feb 18, 2009, 01:06 PM
It all boils down to that Harry Reid and co. were happy to do the right thing and NOT seat a Hot Rod Blago pick, until he turned out to be a politically expedient choice...a black liberal democrat...heaven forbid they actually put it to a vote and risk getting somebody with an (r) after their name :P

Really, though, what on earth did they expect taking a Blago pick?

obeygiant
Feb 18, 2009, 01:08 PM
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota.



All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."



The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."



The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700."



The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"



The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence."



"Done!" replies the government official.

Does this about round up Chicago style politics? :)

leekohler
Feb 18, 2009, 01:09 PM
It all boils down to that Harry Reid and co. were happy to do the right thing and NOT seat a Hot Rod Blago pick, until he turned out to be a politically expedient choice...a black liberal democrat...heaven forbid they actually put it to a vote and risk getting somebody with an (r) after their name :P

Really, though, what on earth did they expect taking a Blago pick?

The thing that kills me is they didn't fight harder aginst seating Burris. The guy's history is a nightmare.

sysiphus
Feb 18, 2009, 01:11 PM
Again, I repeat, all you have to do is look at the guy's ethnicity and the fact that his name is followed by a (D) to see why Reid was so quick to change his tune..

leekohler
Feb 18, 2009, 01:15 PM
Again, I repeat, all you have to do is look at the guy's ethnicity and the fact that his name is followed by a (D) to see why Reid was so quick to change his tune..

Either way, let's just hope he's gone soon.

BoyBach
Feb 18, 2009, 01:50 PM
The solution is simple: it's called a by-election.

mactastic
Feb 20, 2009, 12:17 PM
Again, I repeat, all you have to do is look at the guy's ethnicity and the fact that his name is followed by a (D) to see why Reid was so quick to change his tune..
And all you have to do is look at Michael Steele's ethnicity and the fact that his name is followed by an (R) to see why Katon Dawson and the rest of the GOP elite were so quick to change their tune. Right? :rolleyes: