February 27th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
11 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. Peter

    Thank you Mr. Quinn

    February 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Otto

    His tomb stone is not yet enscribed. What a laughing stock!

    February 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Bankrupt

    Quinn is obviously a publicity-hungry idiot! Burris has already said definitively that he will not resign, so Burris will be in office until 2010. Quinn is posturing for his own campaign for governor. By harping on this issue like a broken record for political gain, at a time of economic crisis, Quinn has shown his bad judgment and misplaced priorities, and by do doing has ensured his own election defeat in 2010. Quinn has disgraced himself and his state and for that Quinn must resign and his replacement decided by a special election. Apparently Quinn's only campaign message is "I'm no Burris".

    February 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. america first

    if he's guilty, remove him, if he's not, then drop it and get on to more important issues.

    February 27, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    The new governor should be able to APPOINT the new Senator as it should have been in the first place (then lt. gov.).

    Why waste taxpayer dollars for an election for a short time then have to have another election in 2012?

    February 27, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Calling for a special election was the only legitimate action that Blagojevich should have done in his situation. As sorry as I am for Senator Burris, I believe that in the best interest of the people of Illinois, he ought to call himself the Senator Pro-tiem until that election is held, and then, if not elected himself, hand over the seat to a duly elected Senator. Nothing else is honorable or serves his constituents.

    February 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Bob the Observer

    I cannot believe the weakness of the once-famous Illinois political machine. Mr. Burris would already be wearing concrete overshoes onn the bottom of Lake Michigan if the Daley machine was still in control.

    February 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    Let it go; it's not worth the money. It's less than 2 years, probably the campaigning will start in a year, until there's the regular election. The guy is harmless. It wouldn't change any power balance in the Senate and it would be a big waste of time and money. Focus on the next campaign and make sure your sides (both sides) have an honorable candidate if that's possible in Illinois.

    February 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Obama bin Biden

    Hope the State of Illinois will find a "clean" senator. Good luck.

    February 27, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    This is the best statement yet regarding this never-ending cluster-mess!

    February 27, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. carlo

    Good. He should get the ball rolling now.

    February 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    Stupid IL!! We dont have money to run a special election. Just drop a few names in a box, shake it, and pick out a name. In IL, gas tax is high, natural gas is high, food prices are high, paytoll is high, electric is high and everything in between is high. We CANT afford to eat. These politicians need their pay CUTS in halves to help us all.

    February 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Obama 2.0

    I agree, git-er-done!

    February 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Rob

    Senator Burns should resign.It's time we organized marches to call it to his attention the wrong he has donne his fellow citizens;democrats in Illinois.

    February 27, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. fearful for my country

    Typical. They could have saved a whole lot of money by turning burris down in the first place and putting an untainted person in office till regular elections.

    February 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Rick Sutter

    Fan of Common Sense – Democrats DO believe in democracy. That's the problem. Our nation was founded specifically to AVOID being a democracy, aka mob rule. The democrats love democracy, especially when they can create as many government dependents as possible. A dependent populace will never vote their "benefactors" out of office.

    February 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Gary in Portsmouth, VA

    Get over it and wait to 2010 and if the people don't want him there then so be it. Elections are expensive. Priorities people. The money used for a special election could be use for extending unemployment benefits or finance a number of small business loans.

    February 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Beverly from NC

    Burris lied to the Senate under oath. He should do the honorable thing and resign. Let the current IL Governor appoint another Democrat to fill his seat. Burris has ruined his own reputation. He would never be re-elected in 2010 so he should just apologize and resign.

    Can we please stop the Republican garbage going on in MN with sore loser Coleman? He lost. Franken won. It's way past time to seat Franken in the Senate so MN has fair representation.

    February 27, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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