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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Papers Want "lying little sneak" Roland Burris To Resign

Roland Burris has papers, such as The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Sun Times, calling for his resignation, with one showing a sub header of "Here's the proof that he really is a lying little sneak."


Mr. Burris's story has more twists than the Chicago El, and none of them good. Caught in a swirl of accusations of perjury and calls for his resignation from state Democrats and Republicans alike, Mr. Burris said yesterday, "I welcome the opportunity to go before any and all investigative bodies, including those referred by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Senate ethics committee to answer any questions they have." When that opportunity arises, why should anyone believe him?

From the moment that Mr. Burris was selected, he strove to portray himself as a blameless public servant. The sad pictures of Mr. Burris being cast out into the rain by the Democratic leadership of the Senate, which initially refused to seat him, turned public opinion in his favor. Mr. Burris got his seat. But this latest revelation makes a mockery of his professions of no quid pro quo. It is a violation of the public trust. The people of Illinois have suffered enough. Mr. Burris should resign.

Chicago Tribune:

Let's see if we have it right: Burris had zero contact with any of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's cronies about his interest in the Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama—unless you count that conversation with former chief of staff Lon Monk, and, on further reflection, the ones with insiders John Harris, Doug Scofield and John Wyma and, oh yeah, the governor's brother and fundraising chief, Robert Blagojevich. But Burris didn't raise a single dollar for the now ex-governor as a result of those contacts because that could be construed as a quid pro quo and besides, everyone he asked refused to donate.

The story gets worse with every telling.

Enough. Roland Burris must resign.

You can see the buzz surrounding this whole issue over at Memeorandum, more and more reactions are showing up by the hour.

More on papers demanding Burris resign over at Fox News.

Burris is now under investigation by a state's attorney's office in Illinois and the Senate Ethics Committee.

According to ABC News blog, a democratic source says Burris is in "deep shit".

Illinois politics, don't you just love it?