February 24th, 2009
04:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Durbin thinks Burris should resign

Durbin wants Burris to resign.

Durbin wants Burris to resign.

(CNN) - Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Tuesday he suggested to fellow Illinois Sen. Roland Burris that he resign his seat.

“I believe with what he faces, if I was in that position, I would resign,” Durbin said.

Durbin said Burris indicated he will not step down.

Durbin also said he would not support Burris if he runs for the seat in 2010.

UPDATE: When asked if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agrees with Durbin, Reid spokesman Jim Manley responded: "That's up to Senator Burris to decide."

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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. tropicgirl

    My post keeps disappearing so here goes again.. sorry if its a repeat.

    Did Dick Durbin just threaten Senator Burris? Did I just read this?

    "I told him I thought it would be extremely difficult for him to be successful in a primary or general election under the circumstances," Durbin said.

    Durbin better watch his step. Whether or not Burris is successful depend on the voters, not him. If Durbin thinks he can interfere with a legal election process then he better take a few steps back.

    Threatening or attempting to blackmail a sitting senator is still against the law, even if from another senator.

    Durbin and the dems have enough of THEIR OWN CORRUPTION to worry about from profiting from the war to cheap mortgages for themselves. Not to mention the idiocy of threatening a deciding vote.

    By the way, Durbin, hows that torture commission going? You better get back to work and put the water container down for now.

    February 24, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Independant Vet




    February 24, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Michael

    And Obama should resign right behind him.

    February 24, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. jamie

    What a self-centered, despicable person this man Burris is. We are in the most critical time of the our country's well being, and yet the Democrats choose to admit this egomaniac into a group that will, presumably, have a say in how to get out of the mess. They were so afraid to be labeled as racist's they held the door for him. The same thing was done with Lieberman, who was continually spouting off how bad Sen. Obama was prior to the election. He couldn't do enough to promote Bush's War in Iraq, which benefits Lieberman's main concern, Israel. Is there any of our elected officials Democrat or Republican who will put country first, other than in election speeches??
    How can we have confidence in leaders who carry no personal responsibility for their own actions, cheat on there own income taxes,
    short change domestic help, then claim they didn't know the rules.
    Rules they made, and monitored by accountant firms of the highest caliber. Is there one person out of the 300+ million who buy's this.

    Unless the politicians believe he can bring something constructive to the table other than put in enough time to collect a FAT pension, they shouldn't wait for Burris to resign, start impeachment proceedings and follow thru. For once.

    February 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Sue

    Senator Burris has such a big ego, he'll never resign. His appointment as Senator from Illinois has probably already been etched on his mausoleum.

    February 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. ran

    Burris will never step down. He will have to be removed by some legal force or not elected in 2010. He does not care about the people of IL or this country just his need for power.

    February 24, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    The senator s caved in to race. Shame.

    February 24, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Lisa, MD

    Breaking news? You're breaking my heart CNN, this is not news. Burris should have been gone, so we can get back to the business of running the country. He's just sucking up air.


    February 24, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    I'd like to see Durbin resign too. He's as bad as any member of Congress.

    February 24, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Get Real

    Wait a minute, It can't be possible for an IL Democrat to be in trouble is it. I thought Democrats were the good people. I am confused.

    February 24, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Brad of IL.

    Burris I feel should resign , and let the state have a election for the Sen. replacement . But the Dem. won't let that happen. They know they could and would lose that seat to a Republican. But then again , that is how the crooks in ILL. Democratic government work . Chicago politics at its best. I mean look who we got for the President.

    February 24, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Matt

    Burris tries to collect 10k for Blago and needs to resign. Obama washes away millions of Hillary Clintons debt and thats OK. More of the Dumbocratic Double Standard. I'd vote for a Chimp before I'd vote for a Democrat.

    February 24, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Thomas Paine

    Burris will bear the responsibility of the Democrats losing the Obama senate seat to the Republicans in 2010.
    From the reports that I heard, the reason that Burris' memory was jogged is that Burris found out that he was on the tapes.

    February 24, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. lady in the know

    I have never seen a bigger sap in my life as this Burris. He can't even lie and be good at it. How could he possibly keep his mind on the matters in Congress with this mess hanging over his head? He has to spend so much time "remembering" what he said and when he said it and who he said it to, he has no time to deal with the problems he was sent to Washington to deal with. Intelligence certainly isn't one of his strong suits. And he was the state Attorney General??? Get out while the getting is good.

    February 24, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Dee

    Senator Burris should no more resign then Senator Durbin or any other Politician in Illinois. He is a Democrat and he has served Illinois. Let him stay and let the people vote him out in 2010. Senator Durbin should be careful of what he advises another Senator to do. Judge ye not and ye shall not be judged. How do I send you some pictures?

    February 24, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. steve

    Except president Obama, Democrats in general are a bunch of whimp.
    This is why. Republicans tolerated and supported their own ex-sen Ted stevens and Sen Vitters even when they were convicted for crime and servicing prostitution ring respectively.
    Republicans never raised a finger and asked them to resign. All of a sudden the GOP is asking for Sen Burris to resign and the spineless Dems are all falling over themselves to force him to resign. This is pathetic.
    If Sen Burris is found to be involved in any pay-to-play then, it would be clear to him he may consider resignation.
    Sen . Burris don't resign for Gods sake. The Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot.

    February 24, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. Burris or Bust

    OMG, I keep waking up and hearing that name Burris..Burris...Burris...make the lambs stop crying.

    This man should walk away now, right now before he costs the taxpayers another cent.

    LOL, he didn't even know his constituents when he started. He said he would have to get to know their issues. I thought, doesn't he know them already, he ran for office 5 times. What a joker.

    February 24, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. The Three Stooges

    Go away Burris and take Delonas and Rupert Mudoch with you.

    February 24, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Peter

    How can you say Durbin has been a bad senator? Don't just say "He's a Democrat in Illinois" I mean really, George Ryan was a Republican, he was convicted for corruption. I believe Durbin is one of the top 10 senators in the U.S. and to all who want him to resign your the reasons this country has failed. I hope you said "Bush should resign" Or else you have a mental defect

    February 24, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Phil

    Correction: EVERYONE thinks Burris should resign, EXCEPT Burris, of course. Like Blogjevich, I'm sure he has nothing to be ashamed of. What constitutes shame for these people, um, I'll never know.

    February 24, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. Barbara

    Burris has become a burr in everyone's shoe.

    February 24, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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