Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sen. Burris Not Running In 2010

(L to R) Senator Durbin, Senator Burris, and Senator Reid

Burris And Durbin To Meet Tuesday Afternoon. Scoop: Burris Not Resigning But Signaling Won't Run In 2010 -- Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON--Embattled Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) meets with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday afternoon. Burris understands that he needs to try to mollify Durbin and he will attempt to do that.

Scoop: Burris will also be sending, directly or indirectly (maybe this is it) two messages: he will not resign in the wake of the controversy surrounding his appointment by the ousted Gov. Blagojevich and he will not run for the seat in 2010. Burris has finally realized that not seeking election next year is the least price he will pay.

Here is the state of play regarding Burris, from the Burris perspective.

*Senate Democratic leadership is going to realize Burris is not going away soon.

*The Senate Ethics panel moves slowly.

*The Sangamon Co. (Ill.) inquiry about Burris' will take some time.

*The Senate Democrats need Burris for his vote, especially with the Minnesota seat still up in the air.

*So they all have to make this work somehow.

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My Comment: Sen. Burris has made it very clear that he will not resign his seat. He hopes that his commitment to not run in 2010 will mollify the critics .... but it will not.

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