February 20th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
5 years ago

Illinois Dem says Burris must go

Rep. Hare wants Burris to resign.
Rep. Hare wants Burris to resign.

(CNN) - Illinois Rep. Phil Hare, a Democrat, has had enough of the negative press coverage of his state, and says it's time Sen. Roland Burris resign his seat.

In an interview with CNN, the Democratic congressman flatly said he does not believe Burris' claims of doing nothing improper to gain the appointment of President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

"I think Roland actively wanted this job," Hare said on CNN's American Morning. "I think he went out and tried to do everything he could to get the job but most importantly, he was under oath, and three times before this impeachment panel he was asked and he denied all three times that he had any contact, never raised any money.

"He may not have given the governor a single dime, but it wasn't because he didn't try," Hare also said.

Ultimately, Hare said, Burris has become a distraction when the state needs to focus on its economic woes.

"We should be focusing trying to keep people in their homes. We just passed a stimulus bill. We should be doing the work of the people here," he said. "Now we're tied up again with an ethics investigation, the state's attorney looking at possible perjury charges."

Hare's comments come two days after the Chicago Tribune also called on Burris to step down.

Burris has said he did nothing wrong to secure the Senate seat and given no indication he will resign.


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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Carol

    And they, (the Democratic Leaders) made such a big deal out of Jesse Jackson Jr being honest about how he was contacted by Blagovitch and turned him down to do fundraising.

    They should have picked the honest guy (Jesse Jackson Jr) from the start and we wouldn't still wouldn't be dealing with this scandal, now would we?

    February 20, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. starr

    oh those player hating republicans and democrats
    l

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Mariann Pepitone

    nate: No. Burris should not quit. Most of the other democrats should get out. Pelosi, Reid, Durbin, Kennedy, Kerry, Quinn (who wanted Blago's job so bad he could taste it) Madigan and Currie who is too old for the job. Jessie Jackson, Jr. the snitcher, what happened to him now that he did his dirty work for the FBI. Is he in hiding? Can't he face the music? Thank goodness bit mouth Dean quit as DNC. And you talk about corrupt? Didn't Nancy Pelosi go behind the scenes to make sure the superdelegates voted for Obama or they wouldn't get favors. This was one of the most corrupt election of all times. Get a life!

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Tony

    change from socialist and communist fascim and REVOLUTION

    February 20, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Richard

    Democrats won't be happy till they get a tax-cheat in that seat.

    February 20, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Mariann Pepitone

    Helen, MS: Obama's administration is an administration of merit because he needed them in order to know how to run this country. Furthermore, Obama is not the smartest of our president's that's another reason he chose Clinton's people so they can help him in need. He lacks everything a president should have and it will take him four years to learn. Get a grip. Obama was corrupt in his days of campaigning for the senate. And it was on the news what he did to Alice Palmer. Obama is no Bill Clinton, Reagan, Truman, FDR or JFK. What he wanted to do is try and fill the shoes of MLK and Lincoln was a republican president.

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Hawkeye

    Did Rep. Hare just emerge from the trunk of a car?

    February 20, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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