Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (L) introduces former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris (R) as his choice to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama during a press conference at the Thompson Center December 30, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich, who is serving his second term as Illinois Governor, was taken into federal custody December 9 to face corruption charges including trying to sell Obama's Senate seat. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roland Burris;Rod Blagojevich (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images North America)
From Pajamas Media:
With his support crumbling, Burris grimly hangs on to the Senate seat he so desperately wanted.
The tragicomedy that is Illinois politics has seen many a colorful character dance across the stage, entertaining the hard-bitten and cynical press with the brazenness of their malfeasance and devil-may-care attitude toward who might know it.
But Roland Burris was supposed to be different. He is a man with nearly two decades of unblemished service first as Illinois comptroller and then two terms as Illinois attorney general. He was widely respected as a clean, honest politician with unquestioned integrity.
But despite the respect he had garnered through the years, Burris felt his career was incomplete. Twice he ran for governor and lost. His bid for mayor of Chicago and another try for the Senate were unsuccessful. Friends said these failures ate at him, that he thought himself a lesser light in the political firmament because he had never achieved the high office he so coveted.
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My Comment: Roland Burris was brought up in the world of Chicago politics .... as far as he is concern, he has done nothing wrong. This is what makes this ongoing saga so tragic ... in his mind he is innocent, but everyone around him knows that he is not.