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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Get rid of Burris now, he was a loser coming from the get go. I'm a democrat and would have never supported Burris for a senate seat after the circus followed him to Washington. Burris is trouble, trouble and more trouble.

    February 20, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. R in Maine

    We got him out of a box of Crackerjacks, let's try again and hope the next one is better,

    February 20, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Former Illini Resident

    From before the 1960's the democrats have ruled Illinois through the Machine of Chicago. This machine, although it seemed to work under the ruthless hand of a strong Mayor, was all powerful and no one crossed it. Today, Chicago politics are worse as you now have political idiots that think they can mimic the antics of their former trainers but they do not have either the tallent or ethics to accomplish that job. Look at what has happend to Chicago. Now put Burris in that group and what do you have, a munipulative, dishonest, lying, cheat (mainly a political enity) that refuses to see past his own nose and greed as to what his job as a Senator really is....to represent the people of Illinois. This man is so arrogant that he even has a Moslem ready for himself with all the resume' titles of a worship wall. He did leave room to be labled as a Senator which he would do anything for. It was mentioned above that he did not pay for the position, well Balovi just did not stay in office long enough. You know that private talks took place, agreements were made, amounts were set. This guy should be impeached immediately for the lies and deception he offered under oath, even before he got the job. Now what will he do since he has the job! Come on fellow Illini, get it together and demand that this idiot be removed from office and if the US Senate had any guts it would bar him from the floor until such time as the Ethics committee sees fit to let him back in, which of course should be never.
    Oh, did you notice how quickly he jumped on that race card when his appointment was in jepordy, and how he was going to be the very FIRST black Senator. This guy is a throw back and a total embarasment to the State of Illinois. Of course he still thinks he has done nothing wrong, at least in his mind, if he has one.

    February 20, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Corey W

    Burris must go now, he was and is still tantied.......

    February 20, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. a sad illinios resident

    to be honest with the matter , i think that anyone with ties to any polictal figure in chicago , should be ousted , why cant people from down state have a bigger voice in what is said and done in the state of illinois. i have been a life time resident of illinois , and im not proud of being from the state. im considering moving out of state! ! ! this polictal circus has gone on to long. it's just sad to see the people of illinois having to put up with this kind of wasteful spending and lieing to the public . i think that all of the politions in the house and the senate should be investigated .

    February 20, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Kathy

    instead of wasting time and money on this now.......he should have not been allowed to take the seat in the first place. idiots.

    February 20, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Matt

    Chicago politicans are all corrupt

    February 20, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Let him stay. He hasn't done anything illegal.

    February 20, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. One Who Saw This Coming

    Harry Reid stated, with good reason, that no appointment by Blagojevich would be seated. I believe all of the other Senators agreed and signed a letter of some sort to that effect. The policy sounded reasonable at the time it was laid out. I thought it was reasonable at the time Burris was nominated. Unfortunately, the Senators blinked. I still do not understand why (although it seemed to have something to do with making it go away and keeping an African American in the Senate). Well, African American's can do much better and cleary this is not going away. This is a clear example of politicians failing to stick to principles and do the right thing. Roland Burris never should have been seated. The manner in which his spurious appointment was made was well beneath acceptable standards, and now the good people of Illinois, Democrats, African Americans, and the Senate are paying the price. As a U.S. citizen, a Democrat, an African American, and a former resident of Illinois, I am very saddened by this whole affair.

    February 20, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Mary-Illinois

    The people from Illinois deserve the chance to vote for a senate replacement. The Burris appointment was a cave to race card mongers and Nancy Pelosi that would do anything to keep that a democratic seat regardless of what the Illinois voters wanted. Illinoiians are sick of the states crooked politicians and would like a chance to toss out a few more corrupted bums including the Sr. Senator for Illinois !

    February 20, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Typical White Person

    To all the liberals who say don't take any money if you are against the stimulus...

    Okay, and I also get exempted from paying it back!

    February 20, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. nancy

    This guy should resign or be fire for his ugly and embarassing act. If he is not honest with what he did so far how can he be trusted as a senator. When peple are so selfish and stupid, they should pay for their act and be punished. This is an embarassment to his race and to his country.

    February 20, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Corruption and dishonesty...hallmarks of the liberals and democrats.

    February 20, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Ken

    Often folks are influence by the media twisting the issue at hand. Stop jumping on the band wagon with the media and be a thinker for yourself.

    February 20, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Josh, CA

    Good, Burris is dope and he's making the state of Illinois look stupid. I question why the state would continue to give the governor so much power in selecting a time for the re-election. What if future governor's are corrupt.

    Illinois has a long way to go to clean up it's act. Maybe B-Rod has done the state a favor by bringing this to light. Yes, he was a rotten apple, but maybe the orchard should be reviewed.

    February 20, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. KMAN

    Concerned in MA ... you conservatives are fascists and racists! Gee, isn't name calling and generalizing about the opposition fun and oh so helpful! You're an idiot!

    February 20, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Typo: Josh, CA

    Good, Burris is a dope and he's making the state of Illinois look stupid. I question why the state would continue to give the governor so much power in selecting a time for the re-election. What if future governors are corrupt?

    Illinois has a long way to go to clean up it's act. Maybe B-Rod has done the state a favor by bringing this to light. Yes, he was a rotten apple, but maybe the orchard should be reviewed.

    February 20, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Ky girl for Obama

    Mr. Burris should have been honest. This is his fault and not the Democrats in Illinois. He should resign.

    February 20, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Burris = Bad Apple

    Burris gets his pension even if he's been in the Senate for one hour. No wonder he wanted to be a senator so bad. Why can't the Senate live by the same rules as anyone else?

    February 20, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Not Illinois' Finest Hour

    Good, because contrary to popular belief, we DON'T KNOW ROLAND. Kick him to the curb Illinois.

    February 20, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Vera

    Why do so many people follow their comments up with "and I'm a white/black guy" on the ticker? Its annoying.

    February 20, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Leslie, AL

    Roland should go, because there is a cloud over his head. He's coming out with more information than he did when he talked to the Illinois Legislature, and that is suspicious. This man should have never gone to Washington. We know Blagojevich is a crook, so why isn't it a stretch to think his appointee is tainted. Throw the bum out and be done with it.

    Roland gets to put Senate on his tombstone (with an asterick), and the citizens of Illinois get on with the business of selecting an appropriate leader.

    February 20, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Debby

    Wait isn't this racial having a man who has done nothing wrong being asked to step down. I am surprised Holder, Sharpton, or CNN's Roland Martin aren't making a stink about it vs. a silly cartoon.

    February 20, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. frank , pennsylvania

    I am extremely disappointed that the dems keep on playing into the hands of the GOP, distracting themselves from concentrating on issues with dire circumstances for their constituencies – THE ECONOMY. The more you pre-occupy yourselves with Burris, the more you allow the GOP to diminish your integrity. There is absolutely no basis for Burris to step-down. I am writing as an independent, who is very concerned about the way the dems in congress is handling our affairs. Americans are more interested in sorting out the economic problems than wasteful pre-occupation with Roland Burris ( who is also being distracted from concentrating on his job). It is really shameful, that the dems are acting as people without focus!

    February 20, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Virginia

    Burris should never have been appointed, never accepted, and Reid and Company should have stood up to him like they said they were going to, not allowing him to serve at all. Good riddance to another Illinois crook!

    February 20, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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