Burris and Blagojevich, Who Will Be Next In Line?

You may have seen by now the hoopla going on with the Illinois Senate seat.  so let’s recap, shall we….

burrisDemocratic Senator Roland Burris, who last month after some controversy was appointed to the Illinois Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama is facing all matter of complications.  Things are so bad for Senator Burris right now that Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois, is calling for Burris to resign his Senate seat.  However according to CNN, Burris has “no plans to resign” and intends to “let the process work itself out in Illinois and in the Senate Ethics Committee,” an aide to Burris told CNN. The senator is not planning to officially respond to Quinn, the aide said. Read the story HERE.

Senator Burris may have committed perjury or at the least may have given conflicting testimony in the impeachment trial of former Senator Rod Blagojevich.  According to Yahoo News,

senator-burrisBurris, a former Illinois attorney general, testified before the Illinois House committee that recommended Blagojevich’s impeachment in January that he hadn’t had contact with key Blagojevich staffers or offered anything in return for the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

This may not be ENTIRELY true…

Last weekend, however, Burris released an affidavit saying he had spoken to several Blagojevich advisers, including Robert Blagojevich, the former governor’s brother and finance chairman, who Burris said called three times last fall asking for fund-raising help. Burris, a former state attorney general, changed his story again this week when he admitted trying, unsuccessfully, to raise money for Blagojevich.

So here we are back at the drawing board.  Local prosecutors are looking into perjury charges and the U.S. Ethics Committee is conducting an investigation.

burris-and-blagohevichI do not profess to know the truth in this case.  Only Burris and Blagojevich know the truth, but if there is an issue then Burris should never have pushed the issue about getting the appointment in the first place.  After witnessing what happened to Blagojevich anyone in Government should know that not anything goes anymore!

I hope they get to the bottom of this mess soon.  The people of Illinois deserve better.


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