No One Ever Could Have Predicted: Roland Burris Edition

Gee, Roland Burriss, corrupt former Governor Blagojevich's hand picked successor to Barack Obama, is a liar? Ya don't say.

Sen. Roland Burris admitted in a document released Saturday that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother asked him for campaign fundraising help before the governor appointed Burris to the Senate.

The disclosure is at odds with Burris' testimony in January when an Illinois House impeachment committee specifically asked if he had ever spoken to Robert Blagojevich or other aides to the now-deposed governor about the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

And then there's this:

The affidavit also discloses for the first time that Burris told former Blagojevich advisers Doug Scofield and John Wyma of his interest in the post at a fundraiser in June, and later with Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris, who was arrested with Blagojevich on Dec. 9.

Scofield, Wyma and Harris were among the Blagojevich associates Burris was asked about in his Jan. 8 testimony by state Rep. Jim Durkin, the impeachment committee's ranking Republican.

In response, Burris said he had spoken only to Lon Monk, a former Blagojevich aide-turned-lobbyist, last summer about his willingness to take the seat.

Great. Burriss has certainly made a mockery of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus who pushed for the Senate to seat Burriss, which, of course, was part of Blagojevich's master plan, but the harm will not be limited to individual Democrats in Congress. Expect a big show of Republicans going after a corrupt Democrat, beginning with members of the Illinois House.

Illinois House Republicans say they want U.S. Sen. Roland Burris investigated for perjury.

State Rep. Jim Durkin told The Associated Press he and GOP leader Tom Cross will ask for an outside investigation into whether Burris perjured himself before a House committee investigating former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment.

On the bright side, this certainly makes it easier for Durbin to support opposition to Burriss in 2010 (if he makes it that long.)

Tags: corruption, IL-Sen, roland burriss (all tags)



Republicans wanted him

They were pushing for him to seated.  Let them take the heat for it.  

by Kent 2009-02-14 02:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Republicans wanted him

Harry Reid was right!  Wow!

by LordMike 2009-02-14 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: No One Ever Could Have Predicted: Roland Burri

Say it isn't so Roland. Who in our world would be surprised by this "revelation"  sad isn't it.

by Politicalslave 2009-02-14 02:56PM | 0 recs
Burris and Blago should do a comedy show

Can this guy Burris do anything more to lose anymore dignity?What a joke this pathetic old loser is.

But I am not going to lose any sleep over this old man. After seeing the conduct of our senators the last two years, Burris is just a footnote for me.

by Pravin 2009-02-15 07:30AM | 0 recs
Re: No One Could Have Predicted

Both Roland Burris and Caroline Kennedy succumed to political opportunism, and I had a strong sense that each would ultimately cause the party embarassment. Caroline I can easily excuse, but Burris disgusts me because he played Chicago politics in tandem with Blagojevich to force his way in. I hope he loses his bid for election in a couple years.

by phoenixdreamz 2009-02-15 07:47AM | 0 recs

Harry Reid should give him a choice:  resign or go through the process whereby the Senate expels him.

by borlov 2009-02-15 08:22AM | 0 recs


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