(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.