Burris Under Fire

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 at 5:31 am

Even after former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been impeached, Senator Roland Burris is still trying to get out from under his shadow. New allegations of perjury have been levied at Burris since the discovery that he may have been solicited to donate funds to Blagojevich’s campaign. Burris allegedly was asked to donate funds after he inquired about his name being mentioned on the list of possible successors for President Obama’s Senate seat while Blagojevich was still in office.

For his part Burris, denies any wrong doing. “I’ve always conducted myself with honor and integrity,” said Burris during a news conference on Sunday.  The information came out in an affidavit released last week by Burris. Republicans charge that this information should have come out during a hearing in front of the impeachment committee for Blagojevich last month. Many Republicans are calling for the impeachment of Burris.

This news does little to help the Democratic Party or President Obama that have already had to deal with the turning down of cabinet posts by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Senator Tom Daschle because of ethical and monetary concerns. The continuing drama of Blagojevich and Burris seems only to add salt to the wound.

“Clearly, it would have been better if Sen. Burris had provided this information when he first testified. Sen. Reid is reviewing the affidavit and will await any action by Illinois legislative leaders after they review the matter,” said a statement released by the camp of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

As of Press date President Obama is yet to comment on the status of Burris. Burris’ Senate seat will be up for election in 2010.


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