The Embattled Mr. Burris
by Todd Beeton, Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 01:22:38 PM EST
I'll give him this, Roland Burris sure is scrappy. And he seems to have an admirable lack of self-awareness, which allows him to claim, with a straight face, that his statements have been entirely consistent and that the media is out to get him. It's almost endearing.
But the reality is, despite Burris's persistent defiance, things are getting worse for him every day. Today's revelations: his spokesman resigned and among those now calling for Burris's resignation are a group of prominent African-American pastors from Chicago.
From The AP:
A Chicago minister tells The Associated Press he and other black pastors who previously supported U.S. Sen. Roland Burris now plan to ask him to resign. The minister spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because a meeting with Burris hadn't yet been scheduled. He says the senator can no longer serve effectively.
Many of the city's black pastors supported seating Burris because of his scandal-free reputation -- even though he was appointed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich after the governor was arrested.
But revelations that Burris attempted to raise money for Blagojevich while seeking the Senate job have eroded some of his support. Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell the Senate appointment.
How he recovers from losing the black pastors I do not know. Mr. Burris, please put your sad career in congress out of its misery and allow Illinois an untainted representative in the US Senate who can run as a strong incumbent in 2010. It's well past time.