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

Durbin won't support Burris in 2010

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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 "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. Alicia

    We could care less about Durbin. He is full of hot air.

    Illinois will support Senator Burris whether Durbin likes it or not!

    May 27, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Dallas Independent - thank goodness

    Why would anyone in his/her right mind support they lying bag of Chicago machinery?

    May 27, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Thank goodness that Burris will be primaried and Illinois can elect a representative it can be proud of.

    Burris should resign now, but his over-sized ego will have nothing to do with that.

    The man is a disgrace!

    May 27, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Democrats are American Al Quaeda.

    Durbin commenting on whether someone is fit for the senate is one of the bigger jokes of the day.

    Don't you have some of our troops to slur, Mr. Durbin?

    May 27, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Regardless of political party Burris is a lowlife criminal, no better than the crook that appointed him. He should resign....every minute he is in office is another minute of shame....

    May 27, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. No Hope

    How blind are the Democratic supporters, Burris is a crook, Holder is a racists, Obama is a smoke screen, Pelosi is a Lier, and the rest of the democrates in the administration seem to be tax cheats. So I guess if you want to associated with that crowd, then you will support Obama's pick for new justice even if she is another racist. If you dont believe, then read her speech.

    May 27, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Melissa

    He should never have been seated in the first place. There needs to be provisions put in place for firing people like this. After all, the people are his boss.

    May 27, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. F-Dog

    Can we get Burris indicted for lying to Congress?

    May 27, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. The Broker.


    May 27, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Proud Member..Party of No

    Yet another example of democrat racism.

    May 27, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Doug

    So Senator Durbin has never sent campaign money to the Former Governor or campaigned with him and the greatest co-conspirator of all, the WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF. This is why all the incumbent dems have a problem, it is called credibility and it is gaining on all of them. I voted for Obama but I am very concerned for the Soul of my party.

    May 27, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    no kidding. Why would he?

    May 27, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Let's hear what the Congressional Black Caucus has to say. After all, they voted unanimously to seat him in a racially motivated vote. The Wimpocrats didn't dare oppose the Black Caucus, so they caved and seated him. How about Reid, any words now?

    May 27, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. SILinIL

    Alicia - This Illinois voter will NOT support Senator Burris, whether Durbin like it or not.

    F-Dog - The state's attorney in Sangamon County is investigating a perjury charge for Burris lying to the IL State Congress.

    Melissa - I agree!! He should never have been seated in the first place!!

    May 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    @No Hope May 27th, 2009 5:43 pm ET


    OMG You'r RIGHT!!!!
    How can we go on?!?!?!?
    Might as well OFF yourself NOW!

    May 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Reformed Republican

    That's the correct call Sen. Durbin.
    Burris should never have been seated in the first place – Blago made fools of the Senate and the rest of us just let the egg drip off our faces. Not this time around....

    May 27, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Durbin not supporting a person of color. So what else is new.

    May 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. DaBird

    How can anyone on this post support Burris? Are you insane, colored blind, or just stupid? Any honest Democrat is better than Burris. Go pick a guy at a Cubs game and make him Senator and he'd do a better job.

    May 27, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Moderate Republican

    Good!!! Hey, I have a lot of respect for Mr. Durbin as of late.....he's made alot of great decisions......Oh yeah BTW, I'm a black guy......So it's not about race, it's about integrity!!!!!

    May 27, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ No Hope, who said "If you dont believe, then read her speech."

    Don't you mean "If you don't believe, then read the one sentence from her speach the GOP is plastering all over the place out of context"?

    May 27, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Skip, a black man

    I would vote for him, the same reason i voted for Obama.....he is black.....not worth a darn, but anything to get back at that white man....hahahahha sad day!

    May 27, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Ken in Albany

    This was a prime example of one party rushing to fill seats on their side of the isle instead of doing what is in the people's best interest. Same can be said about the Minnesota Senate seat currently still in limbo to prevent a seat from being filled with a member from the other side instead of doing what is best interest of not only Minnesota but the whole of America.

    One of the founding principles of our govenment is representation. If that system is broken how are 'We The People' not irreverent?

    May 27, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Peter

    Senator Burris, please resign..

    May 27, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    ... And neither will anyone with 1/2 a brain. Burris is an egotistical moron.

    May 27, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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