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Burris and Durbin to meet Tuesday afternoon. Scoop: Burris not resigning but signaling won't run in 2010

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WASHINGTON--Embattled Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) meets with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday afternoon. Burris understands that he needs to try to mollify Durbin and he will attempt to do that.

Scoop: Burris will also be sending, directly or indirectly (maybe this is it) two messages: he will not resign in the wake of the controversy surrounding his appointment by the ousted Gov. Blagojevich and he will not run for the seat in 2010. Burris has finally realized that not seeking election next year is the least price he will pay.

Here is the state of play regarding Burris, from the Burris perspective.

*Senate Democratic leadership is going to realize Burris is not going away soon.

*The Senate Ethics panel moves slowly.

*The Sangamon Co. (Ill.) inquiry about Burris' will take some time.

*The Senate Democrats need Burris for his vote, especially with the Minnesota seat still up in the air.

*So they all have to make this work somehow.


If Burris quits, Gov. Quinn will appoint a Democrat on a temporary basis--someone, Quinn told me, who would be a caretaker. Quinn then would push the Illinois legislature to change the law for a special election.

Quinn has called on Burris to quit.

I asked Quinn Monday when we talked what he would do if Burris did not resign. He said the state lawmakers could pass a special election law effectively shortening Burris' tenure. That could be subject to a constitutional challenge.

Quinn said Democrats would have not problem hanging on to the Senate seat. Despite fears that the Blagojevich scandal hurts Illinois Democrats, a Dem nominee would win a general election "in a landslide," Quinn predicted.

He noted that none of the Illinois GOP lawmakers in Congress voted for President Obama's stimulus. Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) mulling Senate runs, would be hit with those no votes.

As for Burris, Quinn said, "There are other missions in life for Roland Burris to be a public servant" other than in the Senate and suggested that he "find a civic cause."

14 Comments

Roland Burris should be out NOW. Letting him retain his seat until the 2010 election means he will benefit from all the perks of a retired senator which he doesn't deserve.
Of course this won't happen but he should be stripped of any senatorial benefits when he leaves office since he took the office under less than honest conditions.

Find a civic cause?, I remember when he was in the Chicago Jaycees, he didn't do anything then.
I remember him trying to get involved in one of our "Harvey Jaycees" Programs to no avail.
Burris is an opportunist that has nothing to offer.

Edward T Bozek

Burris represents the sad reality of our corrupt political system where people's confidence in public officials is rapidly eroding.

Find me one Illinois politician that "never, ever"
had a conversation with former Governor Blagojevich or one of his people, for any reason, and I'll show you a leprechaun.

Get off his back.

and
BTW

Pat Quinn is now an angel?

"[H]e will not run for the seat in 2010." Yeah, after consistently lying through his teeth, it makes sense to believe what Sen. Burris says now.

Atrocious! What if Burris had smallpox? If the Senate's and Illinois' "wheels for expulsion" grind so slowly, over a matter which has consumed but a relatively brief space of time in history, that tells us that neither the Senate, nor the State of Illinois, truly object to Burris' feverish "hanging-on"! All of their collective "harrumphing" at Burris desperate behavior is simply "grandstanding" for the media, and little else, I guess...

I think Gov. Quinn has it right and said it with great civility. Clearly, Roland Burris is hurting. His long sought dream . . . so close to his grasp . . . must go by the way of most goals reached by nefarious or at least clandestine means. I have compassion for this senior, but I ask that he step aside with grace. Show that he cares enough for President Obama,to remove himself from the daily news, now reduced to prattle. News propelled by the yearning of an ego driven decision at the expense of the responsible efforts so many in our party are attempting to establish now. Give your President your vote of confidence Mr Burris, by stepping aside and onto some other area of public service where I am sure your passion will be effective and truly appreciated. Thank you Mr.Burris.~ RLP

How do we know that he won't? With his consistent record of remaining, and quite comfortably, at variance with the truth...who can say? And, isn't it tragic that we are FORCED to wait-and-see?

Burris and Obama come from the same corrupt group of people, but Chicagoans and now America apparently want dishonest politicians who waste our tax dollars. In Democracy, we get what our electorate, ignorant as they may be, vote for.

Everyone need to take a look in the mirror. As for Burris, he should hold on, just like the rest of the liers and thieves in the past, present and possible future.

The Democrat Culture of Corruption Parade continues to march down Main Street.

When one of the sleaziest Senators in America, Dick Durbin, tells you to resign, you must be a real mess. Burris joins other notorious Democrat crooks, all waiting for the big guns to sound - Richie da Mare, Iron Mike, Toddler, Emil the Stooge, the Ballerina, and HRH the Naked Emperor.

Everyone need to take a look in the mirror. As for Burris, he should hold on, just like the rest of the liers and thieves in the past, present and possible future.

hey, there are LOT's of so-called political journalists who should resign, who do not report whats real, who haven't the foggiest what un-filtered news is, and who plan to hang on until their enterpries either collapse or are sold. so hang on roland, lol, when lions conduct the hunt,the end will be reported differently.

Burris has been underwhelming in his show of leadership. This blog post http://sparxoo.com/?p=286 would be instructive for Burris and his advisors. Show some leadership!

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