February 23rd, 2009
12:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Former adviser cuts ties with embattled senator

Burris has lost another adviser.
Burris has lost another adviser.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Embattled Sen. Roland Burris lost the counsel of another adviser Monday, as Illinois lawmakers continued to call on him to resign his seat.

Bud Jackson, who helped Burris in his bid to replace President Obama in the Senate, sent a mass email distancing himself from Burris and describing the senator's "public relations efforts" as "less than stellar."

"Turns out that, because my business is political communication, I need to let folks know that I have not been involved in the decisions that have led to the public relations fiasco over the past week," Jackson wrote. "In fact, I actively counseled his team to take very different actions, to no avail."

But Jackson did note that he continues to back Burris even as others are calling on him to step down.

"I know that he has done nothing inappropriate despite the impression that has been left," Jackson wrote.

Burris is under fire for failing to detail his contacts with associates of now-impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The senator's chief of staff and a spokesman have quit.ris


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  1. BUCKWHEAT19

    Jean, 12:28 PM,

    Excellent post. One of the best I have seen. How true! I only wish we could make the majority of our citizens understand this.

    Please, don't give up, we can save our country.

    February 23, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Jean

    When the country slips into a deep depression the people will not direct their hate onObama, no, they will turn to the corrupt MSM that put him in office.

    February 23, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. eddy

    EVERYWHERE IN THE US IS ONE BIG CORRRRRRRRRRRUPTION
    PACKAGE FROM TOP ON DOWN.WHY DON'T YOU PUT ALL THE BASTARDS IN JAIL EVEN THE F-- CORRUPT JUDGES.

    February 23, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Burris did nothing wrong?

    joking correct? He only intentionally omitted contact with a gov. that was part and is part of an ongoing investigation into selling government seats

    how is his intentional omitting of facts like that not wrong? If you say there is no law that says he has to tell us about that contact than I say that he can be impeached because there are enough votes to do it and the selection process was given by his omission bad information... intentionally

    do you really want someone in office like this? who is in office because he can be in office, not because he is an example of a good leader, because he is not a good example, he is poison fruit of the Blago tree, and all the other slime politicians look better because he is there

    He needs to go

    February 23, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. DC in New York City

    If our wise Senate, would have stuck to their words and not admit any selectee from blago the bozo, we would not be discussing this today..

    February 23, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Oh dear, put him next to W and you can surely see the halo on Burris's head. Dont quit Burris. It's yours to keep. Like I said, if touching, laughing, winking or talking is wrong, we better learn to just perform sign languages.

    February 23, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Matt

    Jean – Are you impersonating Limbaugh? Bosses are fine with taxes if they are used for the right thing. We haven't had increased taxes and people are being let go. Shoot, companies which received tax cuts are letting people go. It's the huge businesses and not small businesses that will have increased taxes, and these are the same companies that got tax breaks during the time that our economy has tanked. If the most well-off 5% has to be taxed to reduce the strain on the lower 95% for the time being, so be it. Something needs to be done to catalyze spending. Not to mention manufacturing. Where are our big manufacturing companies? Oh yeah. Mexico. Thanks for sending my job away already, boss. Real patriotic.

    February 23, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Kamran Sikandar

    The congress is corrupt. The senators are corrupt. The governors are corrupt. The judges are corrupt. The police is corrupt. Where have all the good men gone?

    February 23, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Please wipe that smirk off his face! The man is absolutely maddening!

    February 23, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Dittohead

    frank from penn, you said it perfect. "done nothing appropriate" should apply to most of the democrat party.

    February 23, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. pete

    He has done many things inappropriate, including accepting the appointment from Blago, and not telling the whole truth under oath. As an attorney, he knows what it means to be misleading, and he was intentionally misleading. He should actually be disbarred and disgraced.

    But I do love the circus, so I'll give him some of my peanuts when his act is done.

    February 23, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. pete

    I wonder what Obama thinks and I wonder why no one in the press has the courage to ask him?

    February 23, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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