February 20th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
6 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. Bob in Pa

    Yes, so now they can sneak in their person. Can you say JJ Jr.?

    February 20, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    But he can't go. The Congressional Black Caucus voted unanimously to seat him. Isn't the race card trump anymore? Quick, Al Sharpton, tell us how it's all because of slavery.

    February 20, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. CA Indie for Obama

    100% agreement with Illinois dems...
    go away, burris; do not pass go; do not collect $200.

    February 20, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. america first

    go ahead and resign burris.

    February 20, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Kentucky Democrat for Obama

    Burris is a man who named both of his kids (1 boy and 1 girl) after himself. He set up a huge monmument at his future gravesite detailing all of his accomplishments. He's a self-centered egomanical whack job who should have never been given this seat.

    Roland, do the country a favor and resign your seat. If the Dems have any hope of keeping it in 2010, the last thing they need is nut like keeping it warm.

    February 20, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Innuedo Over Facts is Ruining America

    I for one have tired of indictment by innuedo. I want to see some downside for this camera hungry smear artists.

    All to often in politics and in corporate America the careers of intelligent, decent, hardworking people are adversely impacted because of rumor mongering, or someone claiming, without proof, that there are "issues or concerns".

    This is code for "I don't like this person in this role but I can't attack them based on their competence or with any clear violation of established rules".

    We can no longer afford this staple of gutter politics in American society.

    February 20, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Lene'

    Just look at the monument this guy has made to himself. It is obvious that he lives to serve himself and not his constituents. Just goes to show he is a typical poliyician that will do anything to get power.

    February 20, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. donidarko

    This whole situation just smells corrupt. Burris had the opportunity to defend himself, and he just happens to leave out the fact that he was asked to raise money. Sounds like the A-Rod/ steroids scenario. The "I'll just skip over certain facts and hope I never get caught." excuse. Burris must go!

    February 20, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Peggy - TX

    Sen. Roland Burris should resign, if he does not and the facts justify, prosecute him for perjury and kick him out. The work of the U.S. Senate is too important for the career aspirations of this one sleazy politician from Chicago to muck things up.

    February 20, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. illinoistom

    I don't understand all the fuss about Burris. He is perfectly representative of the Chicago politicians that have served, and do serve in Washington. Why would the Senate leaders want to expel their safest vote?

    February 20, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. shannon

    Finally a Democrat in Illinois that will acknowledge the elephant in the room...I mean, of course Burris tried to give money to the Govenor, he had a Machiavellian thirst for power, I mean this guy even had the word Senator added to his burial marker after he was appointed..it's obvious he has no scrupples whatsoever, frankly im doubting he knows what the word means, at any rate, I respect the Rep. that turned down Blago when he was offered the position..he may have been just as ambitious as Burris, but he was smart enough to know that he would have to sell his sole to get the seat...it's obvious Burris cant be shamed to step down and he's too obtuse to see the proverbial writing on the wall, so they are going to have to try him for perjury and remove him in disgrace..it unfortunite, but there it is`

    February 20, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Mike H.

    Burris should never have been accepted by the US Senate ( and Obama).

    He should certainly resign but he clearly has too much of an ego to do so. The Senate will have to take action to expel him. But Harry Reid is unlikely to do so for the obvious reason i.e. the Congressional Black Caucus and the Sharpton's of the world will scream racism ( which was what got Burris seated in the first place)..

    February 20, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. alan

    well maybe Illinois shouldn't have a Senotor at all, huh?

    February 20, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. alan

    I mean maybe Illinois shouldn't have a Senator at all huh?

    February 20, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. David

    Who really cares about this latest Dem soap opera? All these clowns do is continually shoot themselves in the foot. Worst congress and we'll soon see how the prez works out. not that there is a good alternative either with the neo-con takeover of the GOP. When will the sheep wake up and see the two-party scam being run by the elite?

    February 20, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. f kimbrough

    have a special election and will it not include any republican ...so much for gaining a seat

    February 20, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Q

    Of course he needs to go. He is a lying, conniving crook. I don't expect anybody who lies under oath to get off easy. Espcially a political leader.

    He needs to go, his vote needs to be rescinded from the stimulus bill that way it won't pass b/c there will only be 59 votes instead of 60.

    He is almost as bad as the other Congressman Jefferson from Louisiana who was caught with $90,000 in his refrigerator. Hmmm...I wonder where that money came from???

    Just another crook...

    February 20, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Anonymous

    too much red tape , get rid of the guy and be done with the problems...

    February 20, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Peter

    Illinois just keeps lining them up, then when they slip, they just throw them under the bus and get another.
    Watch out Obama, if you slip, they'll throw you under there too!

    February 20, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. phil

    too much red tape, get rid of the guy and be done, should never had allowed him to take office, should have had special election to allow voters to choose

    February 20, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. barbara

    and give up the perks and pension ? he wont go and I wouldnt blame him.

    February 20, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Campy

    The good people of Illinois deserve better than Blago and Burris. The state continues to get a black eye from the way these two act. It's time to turn the page and put in someone who is above reproach. Like those of us in Minnesota, it is no time to be without effective representation in the Senate. It is too bad people like Burris and Coleman are putting their own self interest ahead of the needs of the voters.

    February 20, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Matt J., San Jose, CA

    So his whole argument is, "I don't believe him, so he must go". Can you say 'innuendo'?

    If this wasn't so sick, it would be funny, since it is the Dems who whine and complain when the Republicans do this to them, and now here they are doing it to one of their own!

    February 20, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. barbara

    and give up the perks and pension ? he wont go and I wouldnt blame him. He wants the title and all that comes with it and, like a typical dem, he will do what he has to to make it happen.

    February 20, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Linda Wagner

    I agree Burris needs to go. While Illinois is attempting to clean up corruption; you need to take a look at the ABA and the NCRA headquartered in Chicago. It appears Illinois might beat out North Dakota for the no. 1 ranking in political corruption (USA Today). But don't think Tennessee won't be giving Illinois a run for the money. The judicial corruption in Tennessee is not only deadly; it is state wide. michaelfirestone.org

    February 20, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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