February 20th, 2009
05:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Burris's top aide resigns


A top aide to Burris has resigned. (GETTY IMAGES)

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As pressure continued to mount Friday for Sen. Roland Burris to resign his seat, the Illinois Democrat’s top aide stepped down and returned to his position with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Darrel Thompson made no mention as to why he was returning to Reid’s office other than to say he was “temporarily detailed” to Burris, and added “I wish Senator Burris and his family the best.”

Burris has come under fire from Democrats, Republicans and even the editorial pages of some newspapers for his conflicting accounts about his contact with associates and the brother of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Earlier in the day, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called on Burris to resign and be replaced through a special election.

A Democratic leadership aide, who asked not to be named given the sensitivity of the matter, said that Thompson was left with no choice but to resign.

"In light of the conflicting statements he felt it was something he could no longer help out with," said the source.

Rodell Mollineau, a Reid spokesman, said that “Senator Reid appreciates the work that Darrel did for Senator Burris and is glad to have him back.”

Thompson, one of Reid’s top aides, went to work for Burris when the Illinois Democrat was sworn-in earlier this year to fill the remaining two years of President Barack Obama’s Senate term.

As for Burris’s future, Mollineau said Reid, a Nevada Democrat, supports a full accounting of this matter.

“What we do know is that there is a process in place that includes reviews by the Illinois state officials and the Senate Ethics Committee and Senator Reid agrees with that,” Mollineau said. “Senator Reid believes that the appropriate procedures should play out and let all the facts come to light.”

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. bankrupt

    Gov. Quinn, by harping on this issue you have brought negative attention to yourself and your state. Gov. Quinn have you already fixed the Illinois economy? If not then stop wasting your time on this issue. You are acting just like Blago. The voters will elect their Senator in 2010, despite your Blagoesque obsession in making the appointment yourself. Gov. Quinn, by politicizing this issue to get your 15 min of fame instead of focusing on the economy you have disgraced yourself and your state. For that Gov. Quinn you must resign immediately.

    February 20, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. blacklovr

    he loves his JENKEM....look it up you libtards.

    February 20, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |

    This guy is PURE BASIC SCUM....He is a worthless SOB...

    February 20, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Mr. Burris Resign! Your just another Lawyer/Politician who uses "lawyer truth" to lie to the people of your state and your country. People like you are why the majority of honest hard working Americans do not want to go into public office and those that are honest and were instilled with integrity during their raising and education are givin a bad name while in public service they do not deserve. You and all the other corrupt politicians, lawyers, bankers, and corprate executives deserve to be in jail with the rest of the criminals. Your just another example of the corruption in Chicago and Illinois Politics.

    February 20, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Wayne D. PA

    My brother Burris must set down and put somebody in there that is clean if you can find one.

    February 20, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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