Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sen. Roland Burris News Updates -- February 18, 2009

Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., talks to the media about an affidavit that he filed Feb. 5 with the Illinois House committee. (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo / February 15, 2009)

Roland Burris, Resign -- Editorial From Chicago Tribune

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 fund-raising 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.

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More News On Sen. Rolland Burris

Burris' Senate-seat story changes again -- Chicago Tribune
Burris 'welcomes' probes into Blagojevich contacts -- Yahoo News/AP
New Revelations Place Burris Back In Hot Seat -- NPR
Durbin: Senate investigation of Burris under way -- Chicago Sun Times
Senate Ethics Panel Opens Inquiry into Burris Statements -- Yahoo News/CQ Politics
Burris Statements Under Scrutiny in Illinois and Washington -- Yahoo News/CQ Politics
Burris Under Fire Form Congress -- MSNBC
Calls for Burris resignation intensify as new details emerge -- CNN
Major American newspapers: "Enough. Roland Burris must go" -- The Guardian
Burris plans PR offensive -- Yahoo News/Politico
Looks like Blago played Burris for a sucker -- Chicago Sun Times
Commentary: Don't be fooled by Burris again -- CNN
Roland Burris, the former senator? -- L.A. Times

My Comment: His goose is cooked. Members of his own party now want him gone. Since the passage of President Obama's Stimulus package yesterday, there is no longer any reason to keep him around.

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