February 18th, 2009
12:33 PM ET
5 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. California Gold

    Burris has only himself to blame. He wanted the job so badly he would lie through his teeth and dance with distortions. So now Burris can leave and collect his Congressional pension for the rest of his life. Times like this it's difficult to not be cynical.

    February 18, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. JS007

    Reid had NO CHOICE but to let Burris into the Senate, since Blago had the legal right to appoint him. Of course, Blago will most likely go to jail, and it is now Burris' problem that he (Burris) perjured himself and he too may end up in jail. Why am I suddenly thinking of the three stooges?

    February 18, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. DWoods

    Why are there so many Chicago politicians with hidden agendas? In light of all the revelations over the last 4 months, people should try extra hard to do what is right. The dishonest behavior is out of control. Burris, Blago, Troutman,and Currie are included. Where is Mayor Daley in all of this? At the top where he is untouchable? That's what Al Capone thought. Why would Barbara Currie have in her possession the letter from Burris and not make it public? They all walk a crooked line.

    February 18, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Matt

    When can we expect the race card to be played?

    February 18, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Jerky Jackie

    Hey Virginia,, The dems opened this?

    Please....this isn't about partisan politics as much as a culture in our elected officials to think that by having a hand in the law, that somehow it puts them above it. I don't care if you are republican, dem, green or labor!

    There will always be a corrupt and selfish vein in humanity...otherwise, your precious bible wouldn't have written about it...

    Just like in South America, our politicians are elected by hearts and adherence to religion.... instead of minds and leadership ability.

    Likely it has been my experience that those most able to lead are also those most able to manipulate a crowd. That is one razor's edge of responsibility that few survive. Just look at Sarah Palin's irresponsibility with her per deim!

    Though Burris wasn't elected, he was selected, and his interests in the position were/are not reduced due to his particular circumstances of achieving the position.

    The man should and ultimately will have to leave his office.

    February 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Super D

    If you are going to get rid of Burris, get rid of Obama too.

    February 18, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Chicago Red

    @ David in Dallas Orginaly Senator Reid was against seating Burris and then the race card came into play They drilled him and he lied I am not A Reid fan ....but Burris lied and he needs to Resign ***this guy is Senile****Crooks are in every State not Just Illinois.

    February 18, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    Burris just doesn't get it.

    February 18, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Barbara, FL

    Puhleez, this man has an ego that just may rival Blagojevich, he needed that "Illinois Senator" to fill whatever space is left on his "I LOVE ME" mausoleum....

    February 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Bankrupt in Tx

    Senator Burris is up for election NEXT YEAR, in 2010. He committed no crime. If you don't like him you don't have to vote for him. These partisan witchhunts are a big waste of time. Don't politicians have enough real problems to deal with on our behalf? The voters will decide this issue in 2010 so time to move on to the real issues like the deficit, the economy and the housing market.

    February 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. pc

    Mr. Burris was dishonest. He should most definitely resign. I never had a good feeling about him taking this senate seat. I was always told that you are known by the company you keep. He would have raised the money had anyone contributed. He is self-serving and deceptive. He is just like the fallen governor. BE GONE!!

    February 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. zak666

    Thats not right? he was elected by the people,, right?

    February 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Snake eyes

    DUDE IS STARTING TO STINK THE PLACE UP. I THINK ITS BEST HE GOES....

    February 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Amanda

    Just one more crook from Ilinois....step down please!

    February 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. a southern bell

    WE WILL NEVER GET RID OF THESE OLD SLEAZOS.

    IF IT AIN'T MCSAME IT'S GOOD OLD "BORRIS" & HIS

    NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON'T STORIES.

    HE IS JUST AS CREEPY AS SLABO.

    February 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. obama-mama

    Burris looks like a figure from Roger Rabbit. He is so animated

    February 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Anthony

    I am Dem and can't stand burris I want him out too.

    February 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. bsmith171

    can BURRIS read?

    February 18, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. maryann

    I am a liberal but I want Burris to go...He is a liar...We have enough liars in Congress and the Senate as it is. What is wrong with these polotitians Liberal and Conservative which makes them think they can keep their dirty laundry a secret forever??? Ego????

    February 18, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Bill

    I don't think he'll resign and I hope I'm wrong. No one with sense would have taken this appointment in the first place.

    February 18, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Larry Schlueter

    When is the public going to realize the democrats are a corrupt group. They can take the heat off by constantly blaming others for their lack of responsibility. Whatever you want to call it, it is still a lack of intelligence on what is best for all of Americans.

    February 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. dr.mimi de la cruz

    BURRIS HAS SLEAZE WRITTEN ALL OVER HIS CREEPY FACE.

    IF IT IS FOUND THAT HE PURGED HIMSELF HE SHOULD BE

    SENT TO JAIL ALONG WITH THE OTHER CREEP.

    February 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. elliott

    get rid of the bum.....

    February 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. FORMER REPUBLICAN

    EL SLIMY SHOULD BE SENT BACK HOME SO

    HE CAN SCARE THE CHILDREN AT HALLOWEEN.

    February 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Discraced African American

    Why isn't Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the NAACP protesting for his resignation????
    As an African American, Burris is a disgrace for people of all races who have made sacrifices for the civil liberties of minorities.

    February 18, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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