February 20th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
9 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. Mobius


    February 20, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Chris from NY

    I missed out on Mr. Clyburn’s remark yesterday. He is some worth right in his observation. The opponent of this bill can’t help themselves when they keep calling it welfare and handout. The American public was outraged when the Govt. helped the banks and they are outraged when the Govt. tries to help Main Street. What made people think that every one on the Main Street is black. Look at the way the opponents talk about the stimulus bill and you will find a racial overtone about it.

    Can Obama ever win with many white collar workers who think they own the world? Many of them on Wall Street helped get us to where we are right now and they still claim being righteous? Be careful when you stand because you may fall. The wind of change is unpredictable and it could be any body’s turn tomorrow.

    February 20, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Bankrupt in USA

    By harping on this issue for self-aggrandizement, PHIL HARE is is adding to the negative press coverage of himself and his state. Why doesn't PHIL HARE focused on the real issues instead of trying to get his 15 minutes of fame? Or has he already fixed the Illinois economy? Attacking Burris is a waste of time and will do nothing to help our economy. By chasing the TV cameras during an economic crisis, HARE has disgraced himself and his state. For that, PHIL HARE should resign immediately.

    February 20, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. nate lindsey

    Mr Burris did not show political savy, when he accepted the appointment. He was used! Mr Burris spare your self more agony, and quit.

    February 20, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Burris is an Illinois here - a typical IL Pol

    Senator Burris is a fine example of Illinois and Democratic politics at their best - From Mayoy Daly and his goon squad; Emmanuel and his behind the scenes high pressure tactis; to Obama and his start in politics with technicalities to disqualify his opponents and his ability to play the race card, Illinois is the Pay To Play capital of the world, and if anyone believes that any other dempcratic leader – Obama – Pelosi – Reid – Frank – Dodd – Daschel – Richardson – et al are not playing the Pay to Play game in DC than that person is not from this planet.

    February 20, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |


    February 20, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Okay well that would open thing up for Senator Oprah.

    February 20, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Chuck

    Burris should resign, esspecially when you are asked and you say something that is completely different than the record. It is amazing how politicians can keep doing these underhand deals and believe that someone is not listening. If you are an african-american you know you are being watched so why put yourself in that posotion.

    February 20, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Jothedemocrat

    This is reguarding the previous ticker.

    Of course they will be disapointed because OBAMA is about to put them out of politics for a while by fixing the economy.
    Of course they are disapointed because they thought by opposing the stimulus bill OBAMA's approval rating willdrop.
    Of course they are disapointed because America is waking up more more and won't buy their Bul***t and lies anymore.
    Hand on tight GOP your plane is going down and pray for CAPITAIN RUSH LIMBAUGH and Co Pilot SEAN HANNITY to save you all.

    February 20, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Mark - Berwyn, PA

    Another glaring example of a shameless, dirty, corrupt politician. Illinois should be embarrassed into action.

    February 20, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Joyce E Neal - Antioch, TN

    He just looks like a dishonest individual and he should resign. I knew he was hiding something.

    February 20, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. EBC

    THANK YOU JESUS, it's time for Burris to go.

    Mr. Burris himself clearly proved he's not credible and he also KNEW when he was nominated by the former Governor, there were some serious facts that made him ineligible for the Senate seat.

    This grown man KNEW this, but rather than coming clean from the START, Mr. Burris decided he would be deceitful and HIDE the truths instead.

    I for one, is sick of this BS. Americans are SICK of getting SCREWED by politicians. I don't care if your are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, a liar is always a liar. Burris DID NOT start out on the right foot. He cheated his way into the Senate seat. Don't you recall how quickly this man flew to Washington?

    Now I understand why Sen. Reid did NOT want to seat this man quickly, he wanted time to review his connections to the former Governor Rod Blagovejich.

    February 20, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. yuri

    For the party's sake, somebody ought to take the initiative and show Burris the royal gate. A mouth flapper may keep on uttering unwanted and unwarranted adages which may not be digestible for many.

    February 20, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. gt

    thank goodness for men like rep. hare

    February 20, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. tiz

    Enough! Let Illinois deal with their problems. If the State and Residents of Illinois can't deal with Mr. Burris, then they deserve what they got. Remember, it's the role of the state residents to name their representatives, not those in Michigan, Iowa, Florida, Texas or California to name who represents Illinois. Let us not forget Stevens in Alaska, Foley in Flordia and Spitzer in New York –

    February 20, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Doug, New Jersey

    Burris and Blago have done nothing different than every other lib Democrook from that state including our CIC have done.

    Really, what are they guilty of, being and acting like a Democrook?

    Think about it, do you support the morals, values, ethics and honesty of such people? How about the fact that now if you voice the slightest critism toward liberalis, IE the stimulus package, you are branded a racist? Seriously, your words mean nothing, its all about actions. If you are a decent person you now see that you must vote against libs every election. If you don't then you are just one of them and support the tactics of Al Sharpton, Rod Blago, and the Messiah.

    February 20, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. The Truth

    The only sure things in life:

    1) death
    2) taxes
    3) corrupt democrats

    February 20, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Kathy

    I agree with Rep. Hare. Enough is enough. We in Illinois are all tired of this kind of politics.

    February 20, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. danno

    republicans don't like obama -- how is THAT news?

    February 20, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Mari

    From the moment that Blagojevich (sp?) appointed Burris, I knew it would come to this. It was obvious that "Blago" is a crook, and that Burris's ego got the better of him.

    Burris has to go.

    February 20, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Typical White Person

    queue Sharpton calling Hare a racist...

    February 20, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Kim

    I agree with him - Burris should step down, if only to stop casting negative light on his state, his seat and his party. That would be the ethical thing to do.

    But he won't.

    February 20, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Daniel Medrano

    Well ,obviously, he lied. When you lie under oath, you take a chance.
    Everybody knows the consequences. It's like when you violate the motor vehicle code. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Mr. Burris will just have to resign and face what he should as to the perjury charge. He used to head that department! He definitely knows the score.

    February 20, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. enough talk

    get rid of the guy, he is slimy and just reminds us why we don't pay attention to politics, because it constantly disappoints us

    February 20, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. RTB

    Burris is a goofy nut job. The Illinois legislature who approved the idiot should step forward, They need to do the right thing for their state and the rest of the country. Remove the sick puppy. Where are they? Don't they have any self respect? Apparently, Blago has been smarter than the lawmakers of his state showing the rest of the country just how inept they truly are.

    February 20, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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