May 27th, 2009
05:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Durbin won't support Burris in 2010

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday that he will not support fellow Illinois Sen. Roland Burris for re-election in 2010.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday that he will not support fellow Illinois Sen. Roland Burris for re-election in 2010.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Dick Durbin repeated Wednesday that he would not support his colleague from Illinois, Sen. Roland Burris, for re-election in 2010.

Durbin said he told Burris that he was "disappointed" to read a federal wiretap transcript, released on Tuesday, which showed that the junior senator had offered former Gov. Rod Blagojevich campaign cash while trying to win a Senate appointment.

"We stuck our neck out for him and said if you do this thing, you'll do it in a proper, professional way, then we can stand behind you being sworn into the Senate," Durbin said, according to NBCChicago.com. "And I just don't think his testimony was complete and accurate."

Durbin has in the past called for Burris' resignation.


Filed under: Dick Durbin • Rod Blagojevich • Roland Burris
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. skyhawkdriver

    The dimwitocrats can't help biting each other in the backside..they control both houses of congress and the whitehouse and still they are an embarrasment..they are even getting a racist socialist lined up for the supreme court and still they cry..and with all the shining stars they have..dodd..frank...kennedy..kerry..pelosi..with all these inflated egos to stroke no wonder every time I see one of these losers on tv I can't decide wheather to cry or puke..this country is a mess

    May 27, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Grammarian

    Let's also assign blame to the Congressional Black Caucus. Besides vouching for Burris . . . they also intimidated other Democrats into letting this snake inside the tent. They should pay a price for that.

    May 27, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Terry

    I am not sure which state of the fifty has the most crooked politics. I am sure that Illinois would surely be in the top five, along with Louisiana, Mississippi, Utah, and Rhode Island.

    Anybody else have a state to nominate? In my state of Texas, being crooked is legal, so there are no ethical conflicts.

    May 27, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Gary

    Burris may be a nice guy but there is a cloud of suspicion over him and he needs to resign. We need to rid our government of such corruption.

    May 27, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. JAY JOHN

    I doubt if illinois will support Burris

    May 27, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. joe

    durbin is a hypocrite... We Americans get the government we deserve. A once great nation going down the tubes. Hey I have an idea. Lets print more money. Idiots. The electorate of the country should be ashamed

    May 27, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Neilz

    If Burris is involved with corruption, why isn't he being charged? If the authorities have evidence that will stand up in court, why leak it to the media? Why does Durbin's opinion count for anything more than CYA? Durbin and Burris are being played. They're regarded as political liabilities and need to be moved out before 2012. Obama's political machine will not tolerate the unpredictable or inconsistent.

    May 27, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. rumrunner

    old man burriss made one last desperate, shameful power grab and it has cost him his fine legacy and reputatation

    May 28, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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