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Roland Burris will not run for Senate in 2010

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Sen. Roland Burris (D-Illl.) will not run for election in 2010--a not surprising decision given that Burris, appointed by ousted Gov. Blagojevich to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama had never created a political organization, raised virtually no campaign cash, and faced controversy from the start.

Burris' decision, reported by my Sun-Times colleague Michael Sneed, was fueled in large part by his anemic fund-raising efforts, which will become public next week. Burris will make it official during a speech he will deliver in Chicago Friday afternoon.

When we talked in May about whether he would run, Burris told me, I asked Burris about his timetable for deciding if he will run. "Lynn . . . if you don't have money, whether or not you say you are going to run is not relevant. . . . You take away your option."

Burris wanted to jump in the 2010 election, despite longshot odds, and made the rounds of Democratic heavies in May, but none offered him any support. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)--who suggested he resign the seat because of the circumstances surrounding his appointment by Blagojevich, tried to recruit Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to run for the Senate seat. Madigan on Wednesday said she instead will seek a third term as attorney general.

On the day I talked to Burris about his political prospects -- May 19 -- Burris met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss his future. Earlier, he conferred with Sen. Robert Menendez, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. And the day before -- May 18 -- Burris called on William Daley.


In the end, Burris sealed his own fate. He had $845 in a 2010 fund from his first quarter fund-raising and the second quarter yielded just about $20,000.


Burris will serve out the remainder of the six-year term President Obama was elected to in 2004.

4 Comments

Another GOOD riddance, together with SILLY Sarah Failin'.

Will he get any retirement money out of this criminal fiasco?

THIS NEWS AND 50 CENTS AND YOU MIGHT GET A DONUT AT DUNKINS OR KRISPY KREME!
THAT'S WHY IN LIFE YOU DON'T TAKE SOMETHING THAT
IS TAINTED, THAT SMELLS BAD, THAT MIGHT HURT YOU,
THAT MIGHT TAINT YOUR NAME, IT ISN'T WORTH THE
PAIN, IT IS BAD ON YOUR FAMILY, IT IS LIKE A SPRAINED ANKLE IN THE COLD, IT JUST THROBS AND THE PAIN WON'T GO AWAY!
GRASS ISN'T ALWAYS GREEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN, NEXT TIME THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK, THINK ABOUT THE GOOD BEFORE YOU ACCEPT THE BAD!
THAT'S WHY WHEN CHILDREN MAKE MISTAKES YOU CORRECT THEIR MISTAKES, BUT WHEN YOU BECOME AN ADULT, ONE IN THEIR 70'S IT MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND!
ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT, YOU COULDN'T RUN FOR DOGCATCHER, AND IT IS YOUR FAULT!

Dang, that guy was annoying. What a stupid little man. Anyone with half a brain knew that it was a no win situation. He just shows up out of the blue in an already twisted plot of graft and corruption and expects to pull the wool over everyone's eyes by espousing platitudes of innocence. Nobody anywhere near that mess was innocent. I suppose people were supposed to miss the conglomeration of all black "ministers" that showed up on Blago's doorstep supposedly "to pray" with him. Pleeeeaseee. Blago doesn't pray - look at him, you think he prays? I mean a band of street thugs would have seen this whole scam early on. Of course, the wimps in the Senate and Congress were busy doing their "step 'n fetchit" act for the cameras. I hate watching stupidity.

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