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. ranjit

    All these drama could have been avoided, if democrats in IL accepted for special election. The money that would have been spent, would have been worth to save the face of IL. But, democrats were not sure about the seat and now, everything is falling apart. Even now, it is not too late to have a special election and make it a legitimate one.

    February 20, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. carol

    Mr. Burris should be ashamed of himself. He's looking right now like he had the character of a tick.

    February 20, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. A little sad

    @Jeff February 20th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

    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.

    ********************************

    Let's see – the Republicans wanted to push through a change to the law to suit themselves, but you are calling the Dems manipulative?

    February 20, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Q

    Just another Democratic crook lik Louisiana Congressman Jefferson who was caught with $90,000 in cash in his refrigerator.

    This guy needs to go along with the rest of the crooks...

    February 20, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Harry

    Just pack up his stuff and throw it out of his office, change the locks as well. Maybe he'll get the hint.

    February 20, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Callie

    This man only wanted to put this information to be so other could read it after his death. Now what would make any one think that he would leave this office now. Everyone said when he first was given the job there was more to it, now why should any one be surprised that there is?

    February 20, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. BW

    By the way, what happened to all the liberals a few weeks ago that posted on this site that the conservatives who didn't want Burris in office were a bunch of "mean, old white men". Now, you Democrats are singing a different tune. Personally, I can't believe Pres. Bush let this happen...whoops, he's not the President anymore. So, who else can you blame for everything now?

    February 20, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Gary

    If we let politicians buy and sell senate seats then we get a corrupt government. Burris must resign or be impeached.

    February 20, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. BM

    Burris wanted sympathy by standing out in the rain. He got it with those who thought that it would stain Obama ,when they knew all along that the man was a crook. Why would he even be asked to raise funds if anyone knew he was such a righteous man? Blagoevich and his brother knew that this man would do whatever necessary to get that senate seat. At the time, everyone was so focused on the Governor that they ignored Burris and did not want to appear racist, so they let him slide into a seat that he is unworthy of to appease the public. This man is a poor example of any representation of any high office. He should be kicked out ASAP.

    February 20, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Jorge Rodriquez

    When are we going to find a person who we can trust to do the people's business.

    Its time to get rid of all the dishonest folks in our state and Washington. We also need to stop givng my tax money away to all the folks who made bad dcisions about the house they bought.

    I have paid my bills and now I have to pay theirs too. UGH

    February 20, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Concerned in MA

    f kimbrough February 20th, 2009 11:55 am ET

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

    Congratualations... you liberals have just jumped from socialism to communism.

    February 20, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. SlimSista

    BURRIS NEEDS TO RESIGN....HE LIED!!!

    February 20, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. TjayeInLA

    This California Democrat agrees.

    February 20, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. No. VA conservative

    How come CNN never puts "Dem" next to democrat's names in their articles but always put Rep. next to Republican's names?? funny.

    February 20, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Scott the Independent

    I KNEW IT – I KNEW IT – I KNEW IT
    Burris is a GOP plant

    February 20, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Chicago Girl

    Burris obviously is not concerned with the needs of the citizens of Illinois. If he were, he would end this circus and resign – immediately.

    February 20, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Zion

    duh

    February 20, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Alan

    One thing that does amaze me about all of this is the fact the Reid was right for once. This man has no business being in the Senate. If he is really the "good" man that everyone says, he will resign for the good of the people.

    It is time for the American public to start standing against this kind of stuff, regardless of party. It started when we threw the repubs out, now we need to hold the dems accountable.

    February 20, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Franky

    Oh Mr. Burris, Mr. Burris...you are not gonna win re-election, I told you that, please do the right thing...

    February 20, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. John L in StL Mo.

    Roland needs to grab the first tree that he see so he can hang on until all this wind stop blowing, no matter what noboby said or done he dont have to do squat, hang in there Mr. Burris

    February 20, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. CHANGE.COM

    I've been calling for Burris's resignation for a while now but CNN refuses to post my comments. Burris is a total joke and power-hungry thug just like Blagojevich. Even if he didn't pay some money, he already did Blago a huge favor by giving a job to Blagojevich's wife at his firm. If that is not quid pro quo, then I don't know what it is. It's sad that the media and others chickened out because Burris and some Blacks began to play the race card. I am a small business owner and black, too. Burris must go. He is s pitiful human being and a shame to Illinois and the black community.

    February 20, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. American Principles

    I'm torn. I don't live in Illinois.

    I've always thought that Burris comes off as "past his prime" and felt that a younger, sharper, hungrier Senator is what was needed.

    At the same time, given his experience, Burris seems qualified and was legally appointed. And, I don't like a scenario where the political impeachment of Blago (remember, they proved no crime ... they just are embarassed by him) leaks over to bring down Burris.

    I'm sorry but if the lawyers asking the questions didn't ask Burris the right questions, and he didn't lie, there is no MERIT BASED argument to remove him.

    I think America is better served if we put an end character assaination of someone in power because they aren't the " most popular kid in the school". If you can prove, with tangible evidence, not conjecture, that someone is guilty great! If not STFU.

    February 20, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. BW

    A little sad

    You're not the brightest bulb on the tree, are you? The democrats are now proposing the same things the Republicans proposed earlier: a change requiring a special election. Every comment I've read from people agree that this is the most logical thing to do...except for you, of course...and the Communist commenter "Concerned in MA". This should not be a political decision...it should be one that is in the best interest of the citizens. Are you that incapable of grasping this simple concept?

    February 20, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Truth Bomb Thrower

    Blago the Sequel

    When other Democrats think you are corrupt......YOU'RE CORRUPT!!

    February 20, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. BW

    Sorry, "Concerned in MA"...you were talking about:
    February 20th, 2009 12:45 pm ET

    f kimbrough February 20th, 2009 11:55 am ET

    My apologies...my mistake...sorry.

    February 20, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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