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. Texas Proud!

    Oh yeah, Burris needs to go and I sure can think of a few others that need to go with him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. kaz

    Burris is not good for any thing, no sense in staying as Sanetor. I hope he disappear from media for ever.

    February 20, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. PSKing

    We (Americans) DO NOT HAVE the time to waste on this. If it stinks- throw it away. This see-saw indecision is ridiculous. The man has shown himself to be power-hungry. Untrustworthy. Dishonest. Do we need to be haggling over him when a crisis is at hand? An elected official is put in office to SERVE his/her country. To protect it's citizens. Ask yourself if Mr. Burris is keeping his interests on America, or himself? The answer should be obvious.

    February 20, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Marshall

    Wow, a politician who lied in order to get to Washington. Who would have thought that could happen. Grow up. Politicians are all liars.

    February 20, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. J

    Isn't that interesting. NOW that the porkus bill has passed, Burris isn't needed anymore so NOW he needs to go. This Dem congress is the most deceitful in history. I still find it amazing that more voters just don't understand that it doesn't matter who is President, Congress is running the show with the President as their scapegoat when the voters get upset. Just like Bush, Obama will be blamed when the reality of this porkus bill actually comes to surface and the voters figure out they have really been scre**d. O didn't write the 1100 pages of pork, congress did.

    February 20, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. no corporate politics

    Most telling quote: "...has had enough of the negative press coverage..."

    Forget honesty, morality, purgury, racketteering, and other issues. The real crime here as a member of the DNC/RNC conglomerate, is the sin of Bad Press before the Media God they have made sacrafice to.

    February 20, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Marion

    RTB, just FYI, the Illinois legislature didn't approve him. The former governor appointed him, which is all that was required. And, unfortunately, the legislature can't remove him. About the only things that can force him out are a criminal conviction or him being expelled from the Senate.

    But yes, Burris needs to go, either voluntarily or otherwise. I don't think he should have accepted the appointment in the first place, but I'm guessing he saw the opportunity and jumped at it. That was his first mistake. Then, instead of pleading his case by stressing that he would be honest and represent the state well, he took the arrogant and defiant route, stating that he was legally appointed and daring anyone to say otherwise. Yes, he may have been legally appointed, but it was by a tainted governor, so it would have behooved him to have taken a more conciliatory approach. Now, we find that he was in fact asked to raise money. Whether or not he did is not the point. The point is that he wasn't honest about it. Ordinarily, this might not be enough to force a resignation, but, given recent events, I think it's high time for him to go.

    February 20, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    So, Illinois, isn't it time to get rid of the guy instead of just talking about it?

    Why not an emergency session that is faster than the removal of your recent governor?

    February 20, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Tom, Cary, NC

    Just another corrupt Illinois politician....like the governor....and ... the... President? Did anyone notice that Mrs. Obama's $600K job wasn't backfilled? So.... since when does anyone pa $600K a year for non-essential work?

    February 20, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. LYNETTE IN CA

    BURRIS –

    ENOUGH ALREADY!

    YOU ARE NOW AN EMBARRASSMENT ON WAY TOO MANY LEVELS!

    RESIGN NOW!

    February 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. McFly

    What I find hysterical is that Burris is now using the same lines that Hot Rod used (prior to Impeachment) – "Do not rush to judge" ... "I have done nothing wrong" ... "Innocent until proven guilty" ... blah, blah, blahgo ...

    What's next Mr Burris? Will you be on Today, GMA, The View and then Larry King too?!?!

    February 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Helen, MS

    Good, I'm an African American and I think Burris is a clown. I love the fact that Barack's Administration is an administration of merit, not race. Get rid of this clown and send someone to the Senate who won't be such a distraction.

    Burris got what he wanted, the ability to put US Senate on his tombstone. Move on Illinois, you can do much better.

    February 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Jeff

    The Illinois democrats brought this on themselves. Knowing the impeachment process would take time, Illinois republicans proposed a change requiring a special election immediately after Blago's arrest. The Dems thought they could manipulate the selection process to avoid an election and get whoever they really wanted in there so they killed the proposed law. Then, Blago pulled a fast one and made a perfectly legal appointment that the Dems couldn't stop. Now they may luck out and due to Burris's idiocy get there guy in after all but if not, they made their bed and will have to sleep in it.

    February 20, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. AndyL

    Of course he must go, you can't have a democrat who pays taxes in office!

    February 20, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Jon in CA

    Everyone just HOLD on a minute......

    Why are yall crucifying this guy???

    Obama can nominate tax-cheats, lobbyists with ethics problems, and make land-deals with convicted felons.... but Blago's Senate appointment is a "problem"??

    What's with you liberals?? You act like a monkies on xanax.

    February 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. southerncousin

    Robert@Are you just ranting or is there a point to what you are saying or are you just another left wingnut liberal weirdo? It's Rush, not Russ and he has nothing to do with this story or do the republicans. Hare is a democrat, I know you are probably a product of the NEA/democratic education system, but at least try to read the story before you go off on your crazy rant.

    February 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Roy

    In Chicago this morning they had a radio news article about whether Burris had 'Senator' chiseled on his masoleum, as he has had his other 'accomplishments'.......I missed the end of it, and am dying (sic) to know if he hastily had this put on his gravestone..........what an ego.
    I am a Democrat from IL, and Burris should resign.......this has been mismanaged for three months now!!

    Will MN get a permanent senator named before IL does??

    February 20, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Dominic

    I believe Mr. Burris has a very impecable character before this incident however, he became very ambitious unnecessarily and now see how he has ended up after a long service to the people of Illinios. What a shame. Look at what his actions are doing to President Obama. I do not feel sorry for him and this should be a good lession to others who will want be this ambitious in the future.

    February 20, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Mike O'Brien

    The sooner the better ! Mike in Montana

    February 20, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. J.P.

    Hmm, a scumbag Chicago politician who is now found to be more closely involved with scumbag Illinois politics (Blago) than he initially let on... cough cough.

    Folks, Obama-lama-ding-dong Boy-Wonder Mr. Fancy Pants Obamassiah is neither change nor hopeful... unless of course you define Al Capone and sleazy corrupt Chicago machine politics as change.

    As a former resident of the People's Republic of Illinois, I can tell you Chicago is a cess pool, especially in terms of politics. Obama hopes to do for the rest of the country what his corrupt socialist liberal political forefathers did for Illinois, Michigan and the greater Rust Belt.... economic blight as far as the eye can see, buy hey, at least everyone is "equal" (equally unemployed and equally miserable).

    February 20, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Dee

    Burris's appointment was legal! Bottom line. The appointment was legal.Blagojevich was not and has not been convicted at the time the he appointed Burris. I think Burris should continue to defend himself and I dont think he did anything wrong nor should he step down.

    February 20, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Lion

    He didn' lie. He just made " False and misleading statements"

    Oh wait, that was another democratic lawyer.

    Roland " Full disclosure, AFTER it's over " Burris

    Another embarrassment for the Land of Lincoln.

    February 20, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. BW

    Careful, people...you are very close to being called racist. Let's wait until Sharpton is done with the New York Post's chimp cartoon, and allow him to get out to Illinois so we can all be told what the facts truly are in this Burris lynching. If this keeps up, Sharpton will be booked up for the remainder of 2009.

    February 20, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Judy Gafford

    The Governor of Ill. is correct, Burris wanted the seat and cheated to get it. Democrats are right, boot the nut out now, we don't need any more idiots in our government. Apple

    February 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. america first

    he's needs to go but he hasn't done near the crimes that PALIN has done, SHE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED

    February 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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