February 18th, 2009
12:33 PM ET
9 years ago

Calls for Burris resignation intensify as new details emerge

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris leaves a news conference on Sunday in Chicago, Illinois.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris leaves a news conference on Sunday in Chicago, Illinois.

(CNN) - The Washington Post added its voice Wednesday to a growing chorus of demands for the resignation of Sen. Roland Burris two days after he detailed conversations with impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother that he failed to mention under oath.

Burris, appointed by a scandal-wracked Blagojevich to fill President Obama's vacant Senate seat, told reporters Monday night in Peoria, Illinois, that he had three conversations with the governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich.

In them, the Democratic senator said he discussed possibly raising money for the governor before ultimately declining to do so.

Burris said he had talked to some people about holding a fundraiser but told the governor's brother shortly after Obama's election that no one was willing to donate. In a third conversation, he finally said it would be inappropriate to raise money because he was interested in the Senate appointment.

"This latest revelation makes a mockery of his professions of no quid pro quo," the Post argued on its editorial page. "It is a violation of the public trust. The people of Illinois have suffered enough. Mr. Burris should resign."

The paper also said, "Mr. Burris's story has more twists than the Chicago El, and none of them good."

On Tuesday, the largest newspaper in Illinois also called for Burris to resign. In an editorial on its Web site, the Chicago Tribune said that "the benefit of the doubt had already been stretched thin" with Burris' explanations of his appointment, and that with his most recent comments, "[i]t finally snapped like a rubber band, popping him on that long Pinocchio nose of his."

Updated 12:33 p.m.

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  1. Jordan

    I have always said that Burris should not be seated (and not my suspicions are confirmed). That said, for people to say this is a Democrat or Liberal thing is ludicrous. The past eight years have been some of the most un-American in this country's history.

    February 18, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Carol

    Doug sir,

    You are the epitome of the ignorance that is rampant within the Republican Party. For too long the Republicans have incorrectly and ignorantly labeled and defined Democrats, as lazy, un-American, welfare cheats, anti-family, evil, etc. It's all too often the uneducated or undereducated part of the Republican flock that has clung to those negative stereotypes because it suits their agenda.

    I as well as every one of my Democratic family members and friends are educated, all the men in our family and a few women have served this country, we all own our own home and pay are taxes.

    If you need to criticize, do it from an educated view point, not blind ignorance!!


    Doug, New Jersey February 18th, 2009 9:41 am ET

    Obama, Blago, Burris, Corizine, the list goes on. All lib Democrooks are the same, no values, no honesty, no decency. Those who support them are the takers of our society who do not contribute anything at all to this country, they are just hateful, dishonest people who want to punish those who have worked harder than them and have more.

    February 18, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    Roland Burris is a CROOK and he should RESIGN immeadiately, we don't wanna hear your supporters especially Bobby "The Stupid" Rush claiming racism, you got busted Mr. LIAR.

    Burris has to go.

    February 18, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. gt


    February 18, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Matt, Chico, CA

    What do you expect from an Illinois Democrat?

    February 18, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Tony

    I have not heard as much double talk from a Senator as when I watched Elmer Fudd. Speaking of Elmer, that is Elmer in the picture? Bring back Sen Burris so he can make a laughing stock of all in Chicago and Washington. This is the problem of ALL politicians. NO ETHICS.

    He needs to resign now so they can appoint another corupt politician from IL.

    Of course he was able to vote on the stimulus which would have not gone through without him. Now the Dems can throw him under the bus as well. He has served the purpose.......

    February 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Purposeful evasions are lies, and Burris knows this.... send him packing.

    February 18, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Anu K. Sisk

    This is a representation of the change in Washington. Unethical, corrupt politicians who want to hang on to their power at any cost. How humiliating is that for the Democrats? Not a bit...They are all the same....

    February 18, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Joe in Austin

    While not technically incorrect, he deliberately left a false impression with the voters on the most important topic of his appointment.

    resign/impeach/move on

    February 18, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. David Newport, OR

    For those conservatives who think they will be back in control in 2010...I have some land to sell you...real cheap.

    February 18, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Cathy

    Resign you shameless old man.

    February 18, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Jon

    this is to Tom

    I wouldn't call Hussien Obama a clean politician considering his affiliations with Bill Ayers, a known PLO spokesman, who for some reason bought Obama a couple million dollar home in Chicago that Obama didn't have to pay for. In addition to the fact that Obama attended the church where Rev. Wright preached and Obama was their for 20 years but all of a sudden he denounces it when he get in the lime light and has everyone drinking his kool-aid. Not to mention hes not even an American citizen. Just another shady politician. An inexperienced befriender of terrorists and racist radicals is not my president.

    February 18, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Daniel

    @Doug, New Jersey
    So Republicans have values, honesty and decency? What a laugh. You should do comedy, Doug.

    February 18, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Randy S.

    fella from Chicago February 18th, 2009 10:35 am ET

    Maybe we can borrow a Senator for the short term from one of our neighboring states.

    I understand Al Franken's looking for a seat to plop his wannabe senatorial bu.tt into.

    February 18, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Michael, Alabama

    Burris should resign. This is exactly why no one wanted to support his appointment to begin with. Burris lied and is not representative of what American values should be. If he won't resign he should be impeached as well!

    February 18, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Once you vote Black

    He reminds me of the Clinton bid for President. Yanking victory from the jaws of defeat! What a nut.

    February 18, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Hill the jobseller

    Liars and crooks are like fleas,they dont have to wear T shirts with Democrat OR Republican on them,they both have their share.Im an American first, not some moron party follower.

    February 18, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Obama mama

    Barack! Barack.! come save me!

    February 18, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. lanray

    Heaven help us – it looks like every darn one of them are crooks or liars. what will it take to get a respectable, decent representative of the people? So tired of the same old ca-ca. I see little change so far from the corruption of the Bush Administration.

    February 18, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Melissa

    He needs to resign. He should never have been allowed to be seated in the first place. We all knew he was probably crooked.

    New laws need to be instated to prevent this kind of thing. If a governor is in the middle of court procedings after being accused of corruption, he needs to loose his ability to appoint anyone to any seat and a special election held.

    February 18, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Tim Cols

    It is time to hold politicians to a higher standard. No more "did he break the law?" questions. Do the acts rise to the level of the appearance of impropriety? No one forced these people into office. They are there because they asked and begged for money to get in the office. If you choose to be a public official, expect to be held to the highest standards. If that doesn't go along with your lifestyle of graft and corruption, then don't run for the office!

    February 18, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Deloris

    He's a crook. Why do you think he wanted to get in there so bad. Had to go hang with the rest of his buddies.

    February 18, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Bipartisan

    Lisa is a liar. It's the Dems who are calling for Burris to resign. It's in the Chicago Tribune today. Here in Illinois the Dems are in big trouble and will have a hard time in 2010. The Dems like to make you think they aren't crooks but they are no different than the Repubs. Don't be a sucker and just follow the party line.

    February 18, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Finally!

    I gotta say it... TOLD YA SO! States need to have the right to ELECT people to these positions and leave out the appointment process all together regardless of the pricetag. It help curve corruption, duh.

    February 18, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Sandra


    February 18, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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