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. bj

    So far Burris has 5 stories. We gotta start getting HONEST senators/representatives/judges and members of the executive branch. Solution: If an elected official does anything dishonest in his/her job, let's have a mandatory sentence of 15 years in jail. Problem now is the "crime is worth the time." Burris should resign.

    February 23, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It amazing how the sharks gather when the first drop of blood hits the water--Burris will have to swim faster or be eaten alive.

    February 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Paul

    I haven't seen anything that is impeachable.

    Unless I've missed a news article, he came forward of his own volition to state that he had contact with Blago's brother about raising money for the governor but could find no donors and that he would not donate money to the governor.

    So why all the hoopla? Politics. As usual.

    Let's move on, folks. There's nothing to see here.

    February 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Chris Aguero

    What a disgrace! He should resign. Burris should never have been appointed in the first place.

    February 23, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Alan

    One MAJOR question - how is this about President OBAMA? Jeez - you Republicans are so frightened by having someone INTELLIGENT heading up the country it's making you spew idiocy.

    The same people crying out that Obama hung with the same corrupt politicians are big fans of Sarah Palin - who hung around with a group wanting Alaska to secede from the U.S. and a family of meth addicts?

    COME ON!

    Wasn't it YOUR guy who said "You're either with us or against us?" I think we have a crises in this nation far greater than the imaginary threat of Iraq that G.W. crammed down our throats, spending us into oblivian to fight. This, also, affects our national security - get with us or please step aside.

    February 23, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Nathan

    Senator Burris knows what the rest of us know: Don't expect people to hand you opportunities in life. You have to create your own opportunities most often times. The seat was offered to him. He took it. End of story. The media and the political machine is looking to hang another politician on the suspicion of guilt, rather than proof of it. Tell ya what. Why don't we go after the REAL crooks, like Goldman-Sachs, Bernie Madoff for fleecing our nation & the Bush administration for war crimes, conspiracy and crimes against humanity. It's time to get our heads on straight, and re-prioritize.

    February 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Eric C

    The same people who got furious over Governor Palin's decision to allow the wolf population to be thinned so that Caribou herds would provide for Alaskan Indians see no problem whatsoever with abortions, partial birth abortions, continuing liberal corruption among Cabinet appointees, and now a Senator who CLEARLY lied under oath (at the very least, it was a "lie by omission"). All of this under a President who gave less that 1% of his total net income to charity between 2000-2007, which strongly indicates that while he "might" want to help the American people, he CLEARLY intends to do so with OPM (Other People's Money). Watch out...this is all just the beginning...

    February 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Rats fleeing a sinking ship ... is anyone really surprised?

    February 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. BW

    It's amazing that some of the liberal Democrats make outright ridiculous statements that this guy did nothing wrong. He purposely withheld key information under oath during one of the most publicized state scandals in the history of Illinois (& the U.S.). I'm an independent, but we all know that if this was a white Republican, there would be 1000+ comments here. Some of you people better focus on the betterment of our country, and put your 1-sided political stance aside.

    February 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. LIP

    This is really no place for racism. In fact, there is no forum for racism and what happened to the moderator CNN?

    February 23, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. d1120

    Adios, Mo'Fo.

    February 23, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Tom

    When Blago offered the appointment to Burris, anyone with an ounce of political sense should have realized that Blago was toxic and gone the other direction--quickly.

    But not Burris. Once Burris accepted Blago's appointment he was permanently slimed by the Blago connection. The fact that he wasn't squeaky clean when he testified under oath will be his undoing. How can he be effective with Blago-slime hanging all over him?

    Now, regardless of what he inscribes in his mausoleum, history will always attach a Blago footnote to his career.

    It raises serious questions about the man's judgement, his ability to grasp political realities, and understand personal consequences. He was, and continues to be, blinded by his own personal ambition.

    When political ambition occupies such a prominent position in one's priorities, then where does service to the people of Illinois fall?

    February 23, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. texas teacher

    This man needs to step down... he is showing himself to be corrupt...."if one lies down with pigs... one should not be surprised when he gets up smelling like hog!"

    Good ole boy ole time politics needs to routed out wherever it is found! Doesn't matter which party, what color culprit. Eventually we will have fair govnership of this country! Of course, that is why many of the states do not want the stimulus package. If you can't skim some of the top, why bother? Pfft... smell the stink of deception!

    February 23, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. lea

    I think Roland Burris should resign. He was less than honest, and cannot effectively represent the citizens of Illinois. His credibility is shot, unfortunately.

    Jean@12:28 and Joe at 11:26: Please feel free to leave this country (and fast!). This nation doesn't need your brand of hate and racism/ classism. Please go. We can recover from the economic crisis– we can't heal ourselves of the sickness you bring to the table.

    Good riddance.

    February 23, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. KMAN


    Based on your silly submission ... my guess is ... YOU ARE NOT an employer or the boss of anyone!

    February 23, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Mickey Dean

    burris reminds me of a yappy little dog trying to hold on to a bone that's too big for him to handle that he had no business getting his paw on anyway.

    February 23, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. texas teacher

    Impeachment? No indeed... there needs to such an outcry from the public that he has no choice but to step down!

    February 23, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. jonny

    I dont know anything about this guy, but only someone really sleazy would have accepted that seat under these circumstances. He should have waited and ran for the position after all the drama had been dealt with.

    February 23, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. KenneyP

    First of all wasn't it Burris who kept stating that the Governor's problems was not his? Well likes like it is is problem. Which is why he if he wanted not only to be a senator, but to also remain a senator he should have found an different path to his goal.

    When Burris will be a real senator once the people of Illinois have voted him in to office. Everyone kept telling this guy this but he was too busy trying to rail-road his way into the chamber to take heed to this advise.

    'Taking a job from an accused crook' is what has tainted his own reputation and has cast doubt on this office. That was the crime and Burris knew it which is why he tried to deflect attention from himself from the start. He had to know he would have a hard time getting officially elected after this. In the end, this issue will negatively impact his ability to be an effective work as a senator from Illinois and the people of that state will ultimately be affected. If Burris truly wished the best for the people of his state instead of his own best interests he wouldn't put himself in this position.

    February 23, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. kevin

    GET RID OF HIM. Illinois voters want and deserve to elect a person, man or woman, black, white, hispanic, red, etc that will represent us.

    February 23, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Lou

    Anybody who thinks you can get anywhere near Blago and not be perceived as tainted by partisans is naive. This is nothing more then partisan BS! Republicans are looking for anyway to throw a wrench in the dems plan for success in this country because if the stimulus works they are screwed since they have been nay saying the whole way. I'm really amazed at the audacity from the right since they had 8 years to improve on a democratic surplus but squandered it. So please explain, with all those facts, why we should listen to anything republicans say, whether it be Roland Burris, the economy, or anything else. All you people up in arms about rewarding failure how bout the failure of the rich to use their Bush tax cuts in anything other then a selfish fashion! Trickle down........ yeah right! The faucet is off!

    February 23, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Bob Tanner, Kennesaw,Ga

    Why can't we get honest people who will not lie and cheat as public officials. I say we get what we desirve. Lets start a public movement across this country and "THROW THE BUMS OUT" no matter what political party, vote no to ALL incoumbants. Lets have a 21st cent TEA Party! We desirve,and pay enough to get better. None of them are serving US they are serving their own gratification of Glory and self indulgence

    February 23, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Dave G

    Here are the issues:
    1) If Sen. Burris runs for re-election in 2010, he will most likely lose
    2) If Sen. Burris serves out his term but doesn't run for re-election, that will hurt the chances for his party to maintain his seat.

    So either way, it would be better for his party if Sen. Burris resigns now.

    February 23, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    He lied! The sooner we can get this corrupt Illinois politician out of there the better. One down, more to go.

    February 23, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Griff............... on The Truth...

    "No more". "Monkey Business"..

    February 23, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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