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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Please Resign, Roland

This gets more pathetic every day.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor’s brother at the same time he was making a pitch to be appointed to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.

Burris' latest comments in Peoria Monday night were the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojevich. Previously Burris has left the impression that he always balked at the issue of raising money for the governor because of his interest in the Senate appointment.

In comments to reporters after appearing at a Democratic dinner, the senator several times contradicted his latest under-oath affidavit that he quietly filed with the Illinois House impeachment panel earlier this month. That affidavit was itself an attempt to clean up his live, sworn testimony to the panel Jan. 8, when he omitted his contacts with several Blagojevich insiders.

You can read Burris' give-and-take with reporters here.

I was willing to let Burris be a lame duck who would clearly lose a primary challenge in 2010, but I don't think you can have a guy who is essentially admitting to the very quid pro quo deal that got Rod Blagojevich impeached sitting around the US Senate. This could be grounds for his removal inside the Senate, but Burris should do the right thing and spare us the agony. There's no reason for him to continue being a United States Senator.

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