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. Ray Fisher

    I hope everyone supports this guy since he's finally done something besides spend money. McConnell is worthless as spit!!!

    February 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Clara

    TOO SOFT??? The media has coddled, covered up, made excuses for, and helped tremendously in having an ignorant, uninformed, purchased public elect the man. Why wouldn't it wet nurse, burp and wipe him? Get a clue, America. The media and the gnomes of Zurich own this country now. How long before we are using euro dollars, living 6 families to a 4 room apartment, and taking orders from non-English speaking hoodlums?

    February 22, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Terry - California

    The best way to address all of the "corrupt gamesmanship" in State and National Politics is to install Term Limits. The Founders never intended that politicians make elected office a career. I vote to send all Members of the Senate home after two terms, and all Members of Congress home after four terms. Political Corruption is caused by too many promises, to far too many people, who are not interested in the well being of the country, only the well being of their wallet. I believe that any housewife, who manages the household budget, could quickly understand how corrupt Washington is, and she would quickly install "Time Out".

    February 22, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    This poor dumb political hack is being hounded out of office by other poor dumb hacks with even greater undue haste than in Blago's case. I hope Burris doesn't resign, stops talking to the press, and gets some better lawyers than he's had who can preserve the "due process of law" to which he is entitled. Everyone is a judge and jury and has jumped to conclusions without knowing the facts, which can be known _only_ after notice of the charges and a full opportunity to be heard on them

    February 22, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Had It

    There it is again, folks. The republican multiple chin, droopy jowl thingy. They are all over-fed. Maybe if they were ever hungry, they would be more in touch with the people they represent.

    February 22, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Jeff B.

    Mitch McConnell is a joke. Here's a guy who has lead the charge AGAINST every form of ethics reform & campaign finance reform we've seen. The fact he is still in congress tells me we have a looonnng way to go in this country. This is like asking Jeffrey Dahmert to comment on children's issues.

    February 22, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. turtlehead

    Pictured above is the reason term limits must be enacted.Retirement is a good thing for those that can afford it and im sure he can.

    February 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Kevin

    The Republicans need to back off they are just jealous that the Democrats Control both Houses and We Have a Democrat as a President and not some old grandpa and a hillbilly from alaska who can see russia from her backyard.

    February 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    Some one needs to help the man off the stage! I think he seems to think that because he is Black that all he has to do is stand up and say that he should have the job! The man is not qualified.... he lied and cheated to get the job! Kick him and get someone in there that knows what he is doing! I don't care if the man is white, black, or green... republican or democrat! Let's start to clean house wherever it needs cleaning.. which is all over the country! May as well start with Blago and Burris... corruption is corruption... root it out!

    February 22, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. geen

    hmm..let me see....what is it with all of these politicians..of BOTH parties, protecting their own? Durbin, who has made a career of just 'going along'...Daley of Chicago, who, try as he may, will never be anymore than a pimple on his fathers' behind....and now, even from the opposing party opposing Burris resignation....is it no more of a crime for a weasel like Burris to offer to pay for the seat than it was for our now former, and soon to be Bubba's cell mate, to offer to SELL the seat? and..AND..if for nothing else...he should resign 'cause of just plain stupidity (a trait shared by members of both parties...I mean...quite aside of his own lifelong desire and campaign to be appointed, he really ought to have know that ANYONE Blogoeovich appointed would probably be suspected of offering to BUY the seat is some way shape or form...hell...Burris even admitted that he had hundreds of people soliciting the seat for him. Anyone who believes that Burris didn't solicit that seat should him/herself become a professional fence straddling politician themselves!

    February 22, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Jed in Fort Worth,Texas

    Please get term limits,this man and many others in both parties need to retire NOW..

    February 22, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Rosa Serra

    I am a Democrat and I think Burris should resign too. He should have never been let in in the first place. Anyone who builds a statue to themselves has issues.

    February 22, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. EthicsMan

    McConnell should resign.

    February 22, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Franky

    I appreciate his "coolness" but na'h, our people deserve better...

    February 22, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. fearful for my country

    I think the idiots who pushed to get Burris in to office should be the ones resigning. They chose to forsake all ethics just to get a blackman into office. We do not need these kind of people in our government.

    February 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Phil in TX

    As a 'bleeding heart liberal' I believe Sen. Burris (sic) is a trainwreck.

    The Black Congressional Caucus should be more than embarrassed, they should be ashamed, by their initial support of this man. Obviously, he was more concerned with what he could engrave on his mausoleum than with the integrity it would have taken to turn down the offer. And, just as obviously the BCC was more concerned with the color of his skin than his integrity.

    February 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. america first

    he knows if he's guility or not, if you are, then Mr. Burris it's time to resign.

    February 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Big J

    Can there be a moratorium on the Senator from Kentucky until he accomplishes something? That said, I think Burris should resign. But it creeps me out that I agree with the Human Liver from the Blue Grass State!

    February 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Bruce February 22nd, 2009 10:55 am ET

    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?

    You are right about the gun control part. The control part is POWER.
    Control over the people, but all that does is to protect criminals from armed citizens. After all, all these budget cuts means police officers being laid off. And yes, a lot more people have died from drunk drivers than guns, but they won't try to ban alcohol. Tried that and it failed.

    And yes indeed DC is the city of corrupt and crooked politicians, and most should not be there but they decieve the voters at election and a lot focus on getting re elected and doing the bidding of special interests & lobbyists.

    February 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Steve

    Mitch! Remember Napoleon's dictum that when your enemy is destroying himself, stay out the way! Illinois Democrats like myself (and I imagine that also includes the President) want Burris out . If Mitch, Boehner, Cantor and the other loud mouths of the Rep Party start bashing Burris, Democrats will push back. Burris has a big mouth and ego. Learn to controls yours, Mitch.

    February 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Linda in MS

    Ummm, Bruce, I really don't think we're talking about accidental shootings, my man. Gun control is all about keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, like criminals, who buy them on the black market, unregistered. I have a wonderful nephew, former militay, now in law enforcement, and I hate the thought that he is up against violent criminals with more fire power than he's got.

    February 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Seadog

    I'm a republican and have no ties to IL, but I think both parties are out to hang this old man, for no good reason. Senator Burris, unlike most from Chicago has never been involved in any sort of scandal so far as I know.

    The democrats want him out for fear he will not be re-elected in 2010. The republicans want him out so they will have a chance in a special election.

    There are folks far more corrupt than Senator Burris such as: Hastings from Florida; Frank, Dodd, Murtha and a host of others who have been caught with their fingers in the cookie jar.

    Let the man alone! I see nothing that indicates he will perform badly as a senator . . . and much better than most in both parties. Why? Well, far as I can see he has no axe to grind and is not overly partisan.

    February 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. C.S.A republicans

    Old turtlehead should retire.You would think telling endless lies would get boring after a while.

    February 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Tom in Atlanta

    Of course he stops short of asking Burris to resign. He wants a weak democratic candidate who is a joke for the IL 2010 election cycle.

    Mitch Mcconnel wants to see the country BURN rather than have Democrats in power.

    February 22, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. bankrupt

    Of course McConnell didnt call for Burris to resign....McConnell wants this thing dragged out until 2010 so that a Republican can pick up the seat, in 2010 or a special election before then. VERY TRANSPARENT. In the meantime, all McConnell is doing by not resigning himself is turning the Senate into the world's most expensive nursing home, with a little help from Byrd, Kennedy, Spector and Bunning.

    February 22, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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