February 27th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Illinois governor renews call for special election to replace Burris

 Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at a press briefing on the subject recently, says Sen. Roland Burris should step aside.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at a press briefing on the subject recently, says Sen. Roland Burris should step aside.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called again Friday for a special election to replace Sen. Roland Burris, whose appointment to fill President Obama's former Senate seat has subjected the state to what Quinn called a "cloud of scandal."

"The only way to clear up the cloud is to have an election, a special election," Quinn told Chicago radio station WGN-AM. "I really feel that Roland Burris should step aside and resign and he would serve his state and himself very well."

He said there is "no good way" for Illinois to continue having Burris serve as senator.

Quinn issued a similar call a week ago and said resigning would be a "heroic act."

Quinn's strong words Friday came three days after fellow Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin, the senior U.S. senator from Illinois, said Burris should consider resigning over the controversy regarding his appointment by now-impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

"I told him under the circumstances I would consider resigning if I was in his shoes," Durbin said. Burris later told reporters he will not step down.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Mike in Houston

    Replace Obama and Biden while we're at it.

    February 27, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. dwayne1523@yahoo.com

    Did you say the same thing to Bush 43?

    February 27, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. tim

    I do not want a tax cut if I do not have a job. What good would that do?

    Vote your local republican out.

    February 27, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The democrats could have had a special election in the first place but were afraid they would lose the seat to a republican because of the democrat governors actions showed the Illinois political machine to everyone. They should have to put up with Burris until he is convicted or his time runs out.

    February 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Dems. how about spending some time and energy and outrage about the Minnesota seat. How about putting pressure on that state to do what is right. I don't understand how these people pick their battles. Burris is already seated, probably won't get re-elected. We need Minnesota's dem seated RIGHT NOW!

    February 27, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Larry Houston TX

    Sorry to say, but he's right....They really DO need a special election...
    Actually, they should have done that in the first place.Burris is sort of "back peddaling" and he is contradicting what he's said, & so on.

    You cannot change your story, when asked questions such as what he was asked......It makes him "tainted"

    do a special election, & get it over with...

    February 27, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. gary in OK

    How long is this situation going to continue? I would suggest to all young americans looking for a job to attempt to secure one as a member of the house or senate. Unlike the private sector where a person can get fired for dishonesty or not doing their job, a congressperson or senator can just thumb their noses at the rules, not pay their taxes (unless caught) continue in their position and draw their salary. Of couse, do not forget, you also vote yourself a increase in pay each year. This vote is the only thing they accomplish is a short period of time ( one day ).

    February 27, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Burris is a fool and will be gone before the year is out. His so called political career will be over, all to his own doing. Get rid of him now.

    February 27, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. BW

    Reported on another news channel (*not a joke) was an update that the NAACP and the Black Caucus were gathering together in IL to support Burris, and protest this entire situation based upon racist attempts to remove him from office. Please...people...how much more are we going to take? Where was the NAAWP and the White Caucus when Blago was getting racially discriminated against? Forgot, that would be racist! Amazing...absolutely amazing! What next? An all black-only college or television station? We will know that there is a problem when people of lower qualifications (regardless of color) are hired first because of their race.

    February 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Jane

    I don't care for this pillsbury doh boy governor. He is not my governor and never will be. Leave Burris alone. Quinn leaving office would be a "heroic act". I know there are many others who agree with me.

    February 27, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. yuri

    Illinois-Blagojevitch-Burris combo seems like a perennially polluted political playground to us. Somebody ought to sprinkle some sacred solution to this mega-mess and clean it up completely, so it won't reek of regionalism.

    February 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Laura, IN

    Okay, Illinois, just do it. Get rid of him, throw the bum out, kick him to the curb, close the door on this one man circus–just do it. Enough of Burris already...one, two, three...just do it.

    February 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Kendall, NC

    Great, because right now the citizens have no representation in Congress, except for Durbin. So they need to clean up their act and vote for someone with integrity. This Burris clown is as bad ad the Blagojevich clown. Kick them both to the curb, and don't stop until you get a decent person in office.

    February 27, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. America

    Why not let him stay and add his name to the others on the "wall of shame". Won't be the first crook to sit in that seat.

    February 27, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. barbara

    Of coursehe will not step down. Look was he has (title) now that he didnt have before and that heprobabaly would never had if not for the appointment by the former govenor. He gets a pension package bigger than what he would have been given had he stayed at his old job and he gets to enjoy the benefits that senators do. hes no fool. he wont step down and his attitude serves no one in Illinois.

    February 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Jindal fabricated the entire Katrina anecdote.

    February 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. ranjit

    There were so many of us, who wanted a special election. We were blamed for wasting money on special election. Well, now democrats say the same thing. It is just that, the image of illinois state has taken a beating in avoiding the special election. Hope, republicans can get their acts together and put up a serious candidate. They could surprise everyone

    February 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Minnesotan

    He better watch out there will be a horse's head in his bed tonite. Do NOT mess with the Chicago Political Machine. They are running the country now so it will all trickle down. We thought Karl Rove was a political genuis Chicago has a PhD in it. Burris, Blago, Obama are all cut from the same mold.

    February 27, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Telly Amherst

    Well why should Burris resign? There's not one honest democrat in Illinois, because they all learned at the feet of Chicago mobsters and political crooks. Why change one crook for another. Save your state the money of a special election.

    February 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Chrissy, Texas

    Why doesn't this surprise me? Oh I know, that's how Chicago politics is played!

    February 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Simmy

    Gov. Quinn and the rest of you self-serving....,

    Leave that man the heck alone. He's not bothering anyone, and he's trying to do his job. All the time you're taking to have press conferences, etc., is definitely taking you away from the job that you are getting paid to do. Stop being gods and mind your business. If the FBI questioned him and found no case for perjury, rest your case.

    February 27, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. MICK in MESA

    Keep grinding on Burris to resign – If he's as honorable as he claims he will quit like a real man...

    February 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. frank , pennsylvania

    I honestly think that the current Ilinois governor should resign, he is not helpful to the democratic party, his insistency that Burris should resign is diversionary and prevents democrats from focusing on the main problems of the moment. There is absolutely no basis to call for Senator Burris resignation, I see some ulterio motive in the current Illinois Governors utterances! Governor Quinn please resign if you don't have any other job than to call for Senator Burris resignation!

    February 27, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. jrzshor

    Durbin said "I told him under the circumstances I would consider resigning if I was in his shoes,"

    CONSIDER?

    February 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Ellie

    Burris and his son need to go. The mere fact the Governor HIRED Burris son and paid him a $75,000 salary is unbelievable.

    This is the same son that the IRS put a tax lien on his home and is being foreclosed upon for not paying his mortgage!!!

    Rolland Burris proved to be nothing but a PAID-TO-PLAY clown and a "side kick" of former Gov. Blajogavich. Burris RUSHED to Washington to avoid the REAL TRUTHS from coming out. Sen. Harry Reid was RIGHT in trying to DELAY seating Rolland Burris as Senator. Sen. Reid wanted more time to get all the facts before seating Burris. I can't say I blame him now.

    Rolland and his son need to hit the road, sooner than later. If NOT, Illionois is setting themselves up for MORE corruption with the likes of Rolland Burris and his son!!!!

    February 27, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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