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. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    He will be replaced by Alan Keyes the black Judas.

    February 22, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. valwayne

    The ethics process can work? Has it worked with Congressman Rangel, or Barney Frank, or Murtha? Has it worked with Sen Dodd? Why is it such a crime for Sen Burris to have forgotten about a few embarassing conversations than for Harry Reid to stick in an $8 billion gamblers train from L.A. to Las Vegas at the last minute before anybody could read the spending bill. The Democrats are neck deep in corruption right now. If it makes them feel better to drive a new African American Senator from the Senate in an attempt to burnish their image go ahead....but nobody is going to think you've touched the real corruption!

    February 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Simmy


    I'm a Democrat, but I totally agree with you on this. When they fought him for his Seat, I knew he would win because the Law was on his side. This time, I'm not so sure. This time he's dealing with shrewd and unscrupulous politicians; each party having a different agenda, but both agreeing when it comes to kicking him out. This is politics at its worst. I hope he prevails. If he doesn't, he'll still be a decent and honorable man. So sad.
    Bush and Cheney lied about the WAR. Cheney encouraged his chief of staff, Libbey, to lie for him. Please stop the drama. You want corrupt politicians to leave Washington? Are you saying that the Congress should be shut down? You do realize that most of the fight against President Obama is rooted in corruption? Do you understand that there are politicians fighting behind closed doors against change? Wake up poor misinformed soul.

    February 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Tom

    I think that Burris should just go to work in the Senate. If telling a little fib (or not speaking carefully enough) was enough to disqualify from the Senate, the place would be half empty. e.g. Ted Kennedy, John Kerry. Burris may actually be an ethical politician (oxymoronic, I know), who can do a little good for Illinois before he gets stomped in the next election.

    February 22, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. ralph

    I never thought I'd say it, but I wish that my man McConnell would resign. He and Cantor are killing our party. Liberals are gonna come up with hundreds of acronyms for GOP. Go On Pals, get lost. That's mine. I wish we had better representation than these two fools.

    February 22, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. RTB

    No balls McConnell, of course he'll play the no-opinion game. He would rather see the country in this humiliating situation than actually do something about it.

    February 22, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Anna

    I'm from Kentucky, and everyone here knows that the only reason McConnell is still in DC is because of his money.

    Retire already. We're tired of you.

    February 22, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Deb

    Repubs....whine,whine,whine....this is why you are being left behind

    February 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    Acctually it's not a 'balls' issue.....the Ethics committee is designed for this purpose. It's good to see those in Washington are 'finally' using it...perhaps this will be the beginning of 'cleaning' up Washington.

    February 22, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Schwarzenegger is a true Republican..

    regardless of burress (who shouldn't have been appointed in the first place)..Let me tell you about Mitch McConnell:

    The folks in KY once trusted him but now they hate him because he is a proven hypocrite. He will lose his seat to a Democrat in the next election because no one trusts him anymore and KY is really suffering economically. They are angry because he is against the stimulus bill.

    He's lost his power.

    February 22, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Proud American

    Someone should have called for the Moron McConnell to resign years ago, this guy gives me the creeps.

    February 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. steve

    I would want a brave Democrat in the senate to ask Senator Shelby from Alabama to provide a copy of his birth certificate(just like President Obama did) to prove he is a US citizen.
    If he can't do that his mental capacity should be examined closely to see if he is fit to serve in the senate. Because he sure prove himself a moron by questioning President Obama's birth eligibility even though all this had been debunked by his birth certificate.

    February 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    If only him and the rest of the GOP would " stop short" of saying anything about everything! Unfortunately that's not gonna happen!

    February 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Sarty

    Useless Mitch, Boeher, Cantor- -you guys should quit.

    February 22, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Sarty

    Useless Mitch, Boeher, Cantor- -you guys should quit.

    February 22, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Sarty

    Useless Mitchell, Boeher, Cantor, -you guys should

    February 22, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. mb

    He needs to be calling for all of those republican senators and congresspeople who did not vote for the stimulus including hisself to resign.

    February 22, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. duffmama

    I am a liberal Democrat who voted for Obama. I do not want anyone sullying the ethics of this party, and if they do, they need to be gone from our party. The Democrats have fought too long and too hard to be in the position of power we are today to let one man's selfish ambitions to cause us to be in question.

    Burris passed himself off as having been beyond reproach in a situation that demanded the appointee as being above reproach. He lied. He was involved with Blago's office, and therefore dirty, though he denies the obvious. He should be asked to step down; if he doesn't, he should be forced to do so.

    If Burris remains, the Democrats will again begin to take on the patina of a corrupt party, and those who do not support our president will begin to call out the 'race card' against those in the administration.

    February 22, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Republicans are ankle biters

    Put your head back in your shell,turtlehead,you lost the second Civil War too.

    February 22, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. C


    February 22, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. C


    February 22, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Only in America

    If we start electing regular folks like Medical Doctors, Psychologist, school teachers etc. instead of hot head, selfish Attorneys, this country would be in much better hands and shape. Think about this next election.

    February 22, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Marty

    Gopers –Boopers- Morons

    February 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. K. Loftis

    A Kentucky republican? Do i smell prejudice here? Wake up Kentucky GOP!!! This is a new world order.

    February 22, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Connie from Indiana

    To good ole boy Mitch , the pot should not call the kettle black.

    February 22, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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