February 23rd, 2009
12:04 PM ET
9 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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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. daniel cabrera

    Since he is going down (just like Blagojevich) this man as well as Blago should try to take with him as many as he can .

    And since all this comes mainly from the CHICAGO CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE (from where Obama is product too), will not take for surprise that 'THE MAGIC ONE' (OBAMA HIMSELF) GO DOWN IN THE MIX.

    After all, all of them are very well connected. And after all, is a matter of time.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillviile, Indiana

    February 23, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. JOE

    He is your basic black pig fereding at the trough ai "Slopping time"..

    He has been on some form of welfare all his lie..from the cradle to the grave

    February 23, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. BW


    Hate to tell you...your Democrats are hammering this guy!

    February 23, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Leo

    Why is CNN's John King so souless? He's like a robot with some kind of hiddern right-wing agends lying underneath his phony journalist fasade.

    February 23, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. MICK in MESA

    Do the honorable thing Burris (if you have it in you) and resign. Save your state and the country the continuing embarrassment of your seedy grab for fame and power...

    February 23, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. jane

    Please: "its" is the personal pronoun

    "it's" means "it is"

    If you're going to leave comments, grammar is important.

    February 23, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Lawrence in Detroit

    Who cares about this?? Man! I talked to someone last week that I know well and trust with my money. He stated that if the market touches 6400 that this thing may go all the way to the bottom.

    Stock up on water, canned goods, guns and ammo.

    February 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. WI Cheesehead

    Burris welcome to real politics, remove the lawyer’s hat that you have on and quit splitting hairs on this one you have lost the political will of the people, crime committed or NOT. This has nothing to do with your political detractors; the blame is squarely with you Burris. Nuff Said.

    February 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. naqib

    Man... is there anyone in Illionois that isn't a crook?

    February 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Terry in NY

    This Burris numbscull needs to go now! He's doing nothing but give the I told you so opposition fuel to tear apart the party. If he cares at all about blacks, the democratic party and America he'd resign today.

    February 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. harry

    old news!

    February 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Kitty

    Leave Burris ALONE – let him serve his term!!! Good grief if Obama can be our president – what is wrong with Burris replacing him in the senate!!! Obama hasn't a clue what he is doing so big deal – let Burris serve his term!!

    February 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Hope

    What's done in the dark shall be brought to light. Good riddance.

    February 23, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Dennis

    Given the circumstances surrounding the former Governor of Illinois, picking Barack Obama's successor in the Senate had to be squeaky clean, but it has been anything but squeaky clean. Even if Burris warms a chair in the Senate for the next two years, who amongst his Senate colleagues is going to associate themself with anything Burris advocates. He's a political pariah and simply will not be able to effectively represent the people of Illinois.

    February 23, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. frank, pennsylvania

    Burris has done nothing appropriate, democrats should not allow republicans to diminish their reputation by cashing into any apparent loop hole!

    February 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Holly in Knightdale, NC

    He has completed his stone in the cemetary...he left space to add Senator and now he can write it on there.

    This man is nothing more than a egotistical self-centered politician and doesn't care what others think. He took the seat amid scrutiny because he knew the next Governor WOULD NOT apoint him.

    I have no respect for this man and I feel sorry for the people of Illinois that have to be represented by him. Hopefully it won't be long before he is removed. And hopefully his removal means not having to pay some guy to etch into his stone SENATOR...he never deserved it!

    February 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Mary

    Obama had dealings with big time crooks and he was elected president so why not let Burris serve his term at least Burris has done nothing wrong!!

    February 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Simmy

    Sen. Burris, stay put. Bow to no pressure. Let the law be fair and balanced.

    February 23, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    The United States senate is filled with those who have dealt in unethical practices and questionable tactics. This could be said of the entire Congress. It does not need one more participant to further erode the public's low opinion of the legislative branch of government. Burris should resign immediately and return to private life.

    February 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. ran

    Burris if found guilty should go to jail not be let off the hook even if he was to resign now. He never should have accepted in the first place; but he knew he would never get elected so this was his only chance. He was more concerned about himself then the people of IL or the country.

    February 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Gary

    You are right on, Rick. Good old Burris will play the race card indeed.
    When you have someone who's a liar, black, self-absorbed and
    thinks the world owes him a living, you play the race card. And, of
    course, most gutless Americans are too afraid to call in for what it is.
    Jackson's a racist in the true sense...if he actually succeeded in
    accomplishing what he says he wants to do he would be out of a job
    and you can be damn sure he's not going to let that happen. Even
    more pathetic is that most blacks are just as low.

    February 23, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. kaw

    For crying out loud RICH,

    This has nothing to do with republicans. His own party is asking him to resign the seat. Nor did republicans have anything to do with Mr. Burris not being as forthcoming as he should regarding conversations with Gov B's brother re fund raising. If he had admitted to those conversations up front he wouldn't be in this mess now.

    Instead of requiring elected and appointed officials to take responsibility for their actions you'd rather play the partisan blame game, which makes you part of the problem.

    February 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Republican governor Bobby Jindal just took over the microphones for an extended length of time speaking to the media with other governors who just visited the White House.

    Jindal is running for president in 2012, folks! He positioned himself so he could take over the microphones and he DID!

    Three years of Jindal at microphones. Wonder if the stimulus funds do help our country–how will this darling of the ObstructiPubs use that to change what he said today.......

    February 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. J S Ragman

    Please resign Mr. Burris. That ridiculous tombstone of yours with all the blather about your accomplishments should have been enough for you not to be seated in the senate. All of us in Illinois have been embarassed enough. Show a little class and step down so we can TRY to get over you and Governor Rod.

    February 23, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |

    Resign already PLEASE?

    February 23, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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