February 22nd, 2009
10:25 AM ET
8 years ago

McConnell stops short of calling for Burris to resign


Watch McConnell on CNN's State of the Union.

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday stopped short of calling on embattled Illinois Sen. Roland Burris to resign, saying he'll follow the recommendation of the Senate Ethics Committee.

"I think the Ethics Committee can work," the Kentucky Republican told CNN's John King on State of the Union. "I think in this particular instance, it ought to work quickly, and resolve these differences and make a recommendation to the full Senate."

News surfaced last week that Burris had spoken with impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother on more than one occasion about the possibility of raising money for the former governor before being appointed to his Senate seat.

The Senate Ethics Committee has launched a preliminary investigation into the matter.

soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Andy

    Corrupt politicians must leave Washington. This man is a liar and committed perjury. Kick him out.

    February 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Texas Proud!

    Burris needs to go!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. End Of An Error

    Burris paid to play. He needs to either resign or be removed. Race does not in any way enter into this. Anyone who pays to play needs to be removed from office and those who sell influence need to face the courts for influence peddling and in this case, since it involves a Senate seat, treason.

    February 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Just Me

    Under the circumstances, he really does need to resign. It's all a matter of ethics.

    February 22, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. jm

    let the people of IL boot this guy out of office, as they are the only ones who have the real right to do so. and let the people of IL make the choice of who will represent them, which is also their right.

    February 22, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. cobra

    He should be arrested and put in jail!

    February 22, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Don Fitzgerald, America

    Have a good look, ladies and gentleman of America. the State of Sleaze, and its corporate mouthpiece, are calling for a good politician, to step down, because of honest mistakes and oversight and without due process. The State of Sleaze, with its puppets in place, and others, seeing an opportunity to move ahead, have no qualms about their malevolence, but they sure know how to whip up the mob !! There is no stopping the sleaze oozing across state borders, tainting others, as it spreads across the land, all in the name of infotainment, yellow journalism and character assassination !! Even bringing in a man's family's final resting place, to be used against him, hoping to prove how unworthy he is !! Can you stoop any lower than that ? Only, worms and maggots and some in the State of Sleaze, are able to find solace at such decomposing levels !!
    " Constitution ? We don't need no stinking Constitution !! We can railroad anybody we want, including you !!" NEWS RELEASE FROM THE STATE OF SLEAZE.

    February 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. my

    Burris made a racist comment. This is the truth. If he would be white he would be yelled on from all sides. The fairness had to be for all. Not only one race.
    Like with that cartoon.
    What if all blondes would demand all the cartoonists who did cartoons about blondes to be fired. Or jews, or muslims, or whoever...?
    I agree that the cartoon was strong, but this is country of free speech...or it is not? Where are the limits?
    I think the limits should be determined -somehow....
    the cartoonist should not be fired, just reminded of the limits, and given chance....
    I personally am not a fan of these cartoons, I hate making fun of people, but it exists, people laugh, only the limits are needed. Fair limits.

    February 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Bruce

    When are the people of america going to WAKE UP and do something about politicians who think LIEING is normal? Wrong is Right, Sex ISN'T Sex....Kickbacks aren't REALLY bribes....The politicians of this country are no longer idealists. They use political office for their personal gain. Democrats OR Republicans....We have ONE more choice than Communist Russia Did. Whoopee!

    February 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    Roland Burris hungered for more than anything else in his empty,
    pathetic, uneventful life to be a famous politician, lusted after it his
    entire unnoteworthy career. Craved that the media would follow him
    around, clamoring after his every word and movement. Dreamed of
    being in all the newspapers and on all the tv news and talk shows.

    Now he is, and they are.

    Funny how things work out, ain't it...

    February 22, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Bruce

    AND ANOTHER THING!!! These corrupt politicians want GUN Control because they are afraid maybe the citizenry will finally raise up against our OWN government...NOT because it will do anything for crime. Less than 2000 people died from accidental gunshootings in the home last year nationally. How many died from Drunk Driving? How many died at the negligent hands of Physicians!? THOUSANDS more. ALL of Washington D.C. is becoming Corrupt and Crooked, and the States are following suite. Why Not? If National Politicians can double their personal net worth in one single term, why can't State Politicians?

    February 22, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Bridg

    McConnel will have credibility to speak on this subject when he asks David Vitter and Larry Craig to resign. Until then, he can simply shut his lying mouth.

    February 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. ib

    Just another politicians like the five that that to step back due to tax reasons and before the liberals attack me you see them from both parties. He does need to go along with Dodd and Franks who didn't do their jobs. Bush is already gone so should these.

    February 22, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. only49crookedpoliticiansallowed

    heaven forbid that a corrupt politician goes to washington. we must do everything in our power to keep this man from being a part of the ruling and voting process. we don't want american people to get the wrong idea...that we all are too corrupt politicians...i mean don't let him cast a vote...but all the other crooked politicans who has in the past.

    February 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    Andy..the problem with that is, if we were to kick out all the corrupt politcians in Washington than there would be no one left to run the government....though that's not a bad ideal.

    February 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Mike in FXBG

    Typical Chicago-style politics. Burris should be sacked No one, not even the snakes in congress, want Burris' stink on them.

    February 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. billy-bayou

    It is amazing how anyone with even the slightest indication that they have a brain can use the word "ETHICS' in connection with anyone connected to the US Senate or House of Representatives.

    February 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. JFK

    Give it a rest with the political rhetoric and partianship! We need to focus on more important issues namely the economy!

    February 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. No double standards

    If Roland Burris is forced to resign than Louisiana's David Vitter should also be forced to resign. Or should Burris have to resign because he's a Democrat?

    February 22, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Oklason

    The criticism of Barack Obama's administration, to this point, is unprecedented in American political history. They have certainly done a better job than with Bush in his first hundred days which they all slept through, not to mention the unlawful declaration of war against Iraq and the subsequent patriot act, that none of them read.
    Still, if you don't think Barack Obama is criticized much then tune your television set to Fox News . . . their business is ignorance and business is always booming.

    February 22, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    That's because they ALL do it. We really need to vote these old fools out. How apathetic are we to knowingly elect the same individuals every election cycle that do nothing for the country, but harm. It is all pandering to the highest bidder, and that is not the average taxpaying citizen.

    I hope this economic debacle has taught us what we should have know already, that the people that we have elected over and over again, have done this great harm to our country and they should not be rewarded for doing so...


    Vote them out!

    February 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Anna

    Of course he needs to go. Anything less would be business as usual in Washington. It stinks to high heaven.

    February 22, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. cnnnewser

    Did Burris break any laws???

    February 22, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. cnnnewser

    The republicans want Burris out so a special election will be held and possibly another republican take his seat.
    Politics are disgusting and dirty – and the country suffers because of it.

    February 22, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. jane molloy

    I am so sick of listening to his hillbilly rhetoric and looking at his doughy face. This coming from a man whose wife is not only extremely wealthy, but was one of the most ineffective Cabinet members ever. He needs to take a page from his own rulebook, better yet, he needs to shut up!

    February 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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