February 24th, 2009
04:02 PM ET
5 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."


Filed under: Roland Burris
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

    When I'm done destroying Perry like a little school girl he is in the GOP primary in 2010, I'll go after Obama in 2012 for the Presidency myself.

    February 24, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. bill in montgomery

    Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Clyburn and the rest of the Black race card players will be up in arms about someone suggesting that Mr. Burris resign. It's racists that are calling for his resignation; a move by "The Man". There'll be riots in the streets of Chicago! How can the Whites that have been depressing the poor Blacks for so long be asking for such a thing??

    February 24, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA)

    Spirit of America, it doesn't matter whether you're a Republican or Democrat, but let's get things done for the good of the American people.

    I plan on exposing Obama for the coward he is in 2012, maybe when Burris and Blagojevich spill the beans on the Messiah.

    February 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. J S Ragman

    Hey Deborah,if there was or is any dirt worth reporting concerning President Obama, the right-wing Kooks on Fox woulds have already been reporting it. Not only that, the right-wing fools in this country tried to do everything possible to ruin him during the Presidential campaign and couldn't. Everything imaginable was brought up and lies were told by the millions and it still didn't work. Oh well, how does one reason with a party that actually was serious about a McCain/Palin ticket? That alone speaks volumes about the IQ level of the entire Repub party.

    February 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Bill

    Just let him do his job. Unless you have proof that he did something wrong then shut up. Americans are getting tired of the kindergarden crap that goes on in Washington.

    February 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Gary H

    OK @An American. What is your plan?

    February 24, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Alfred E Neumann

    I think that Dick Durbin should lay off the peanut butter. If Burris is forced to leave he should take Chris "Mr. Mortgage" Dodd along with him.

    February 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Republican are ankle biters

    @Deborah.You must know a lot about big Os.Hahahahahahh

    February 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. JSU-TIGER99

    I think he should do what is best for himself and he know what it is

    February 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Santa Maria

    FDR was a loser. He unleashed the scourge of social security, government handouts, and "entitlements" that has virtually bankrupt this country and created a generation of welfare saps. If truth be told, he was the absolute worst president, hands down!

    February 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Steve

    What a clown show!

    Change and leadership we can count on.

    You think he should resign??????

    Na......he is from Chicago!!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Mike

    Burris is the ultimate poster boy for "Deer caught in the headlights." LOLOLOL This guy would be startled by sunlight ! ! ! !! LOLOOLOL

    February 24, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Rick

    I'd rather Burris stayed and Durbin resigned.

    February 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. California Gold

    Well Santa Maria, FDR also gave us insured bank deposits–the FDIC in 1933. So before bashing FDR you ought to look at your bank account. The fact you have money in there is because your deposits were insured. You can thank President Roosevelt for that.

    February 24, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. SN

    Who cares what that effete moron thinks.

    February 24, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Resign already. For once, let a politician put their city, state and country first.

    For once!!!

    February 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)

    I'm GAY and have been on the DOWN LOW for the past 9 yrs. since taking the governor's mansion.

    February 24, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Overtax In IL.

    I CAN'T AGREE MORE WITH " A AMERICAN", Durbin has done nothing for the State of Illinois, but fill his pockets with tax money from the the tax payers. We need him to resign, also we need term limits and mandatory drug testing on all the members of the House and Senate. They have enslaved our children and grandchildren to a Socialist Government.

    February 24, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. SN

    I see Marie has the historical depth of a gnat.

    February 24, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Griff............... on The Truth...

    What will you say CNN. When he does?

    February 24, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)

    Steve, support my reelection for a 3rd full term in the Texas Governor's Mansion in 2010 against the fake conservative KBH in the GOP primary, we need your support much needed and call her out on her Senate voting record, especially abortion.

    February 24, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Charles from Atlanta

    Hey, the topic is around Burris. What is got to do with Obama? For those who still feel angry that GOP lost the election, please be a grown-up! Cannot image even FDR became a subject.

    February 24, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Lisa

    WHY DON'T ALL OF YOU RESIGN SO WE CAN GET SOME PEACE IN THIS COUNTRY!!!

    February 24, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Bryan

    Give credit to FDR for creating the FDIC, but that act is not enough to outweigh the damage to our society he created with all of his social engineering entitlement programs.
    He set the precedent that the govt can dole out success, one handout at a time. No need to earn it, just sit back and collect your welfare.

    February 24, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    He does not have it within himself to do the right thing, because if he did he would not have accepted the nomination from the governor who had
    seriously damaged his reputation and right to occupy the office of governor. He should resign and walk away with what little honor he has left.

    February 24, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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