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Illinois GOP leader calls on Sen. Burris to resign

February 16, 2009

“I can’t believe anything that comes out of Mr. Burris at this point,” state Rep. Jim Durkin said. “I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned because I don’t think the state can stand this anymore.”

Happy Presidents’ Day.  Ohio is called the “Mother of Presidents.” Eight Ohioans have become President of the United States.

But Illinois is the current areas of interest.  Abraham Lincoln is from Illinois as is Barack Obama.

Illinois, today, is the wellspring of sewage politics….

Rod Blagojevich casts his shadow upon all other politics and politicians in Illinois….and from Illinois….

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One month after Roland Burris was sworn in to the U.S. Senate to represent Illinois and fill Barack Obama’s vacant seat, he’s hearing calls for his resignation.

“I can’t believe anything that comes out of Mr. Burris at this point,” state Rep. Jim Durkin said. “I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned because I don’t think the state can stand this anymore.”

By RUPA SHENOY, Associated Press Writer

Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill. speaks during a press conference ... 
Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill. speaks during a press conference in Chicago, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009. Burris fielded questions about a major omission from the testimony he made in January to a state House committee investigating former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment.(AP Photo/David Banks)

Durkin and House Republican Leader Tom Cross want an investigation of Burris for possible perjury.

Their statements come after Burris over the weekend released a Feb. 5 affidavit that he filed with the Illinois House committee investigating the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The affidavit contradicts statements he made last month in front of the committee, before being sworn in Jan. 15.

The discrepancy could mean he perjured himself.

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http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/15/s
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Perjury? Senator Changes His Story Again

February 15, 2009

When a Senator keeps changing his story, that’s normal.  Unless it is perjury….

ByTribune reporters

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has changed his story again about what happened before ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him to the Senate, and state Republican leaders said Saturday that they want an investigation into whether he perjured himself.

Burris gradually has acknowledged deeper contacts with Blagojevich allies after initially portraying himself as a surprise pick for the seat the former governor is accused of trying to sell. But Illinois House Republican leaders said they wonder whether Burris purposely deceived the public while under oath last month by not telling a House impeachment panel that Blagojevich’s brother asked for fundraising help before the disgraced ex-governor appointed him.

State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) said he would ask the now-dormant impeachment committee to refer the matter to Sangamon County State’s Atty. John Schmidt, a Republican, after learning about the revelations by Burris, a Democrat.

Burris acknowledged the discussions with the governor’s brother, Robert, in an affidavit the senator quietly filed Feb. 5 with the head of the committee. Burris said Robert Blagojevich called him three times seeking his fundraising assistance. In addition, Burris said he spoke with three other close associates of the governor and a labor leader with ties to the Blagojevich administration about being appointed to the Senate. Burris previously acknowledged only having spoken to one such friend.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate required that Burris testify fully and truthfully to the House impeachment committee in Springfield before agreeing to seat him. Many said Burris was tainted because he was Blagojevich’s pick after the governor was arrested and charged with corruption, including trying to sell that Senate seat for political or personal gain. Burris said he filed the recent affidavit after reading the transcripts of his sworn testimony and realizing his answers were incomplete.

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) said the affidavit suggests Burris wants to be “very forthcoming.” She said the committee may reconvene soon to discuss a variety of follow-up matters.

The new affidavit—filed only after he was sworn in Jan. 15—could damage Burris’ credibility because it’s his third account of what happened behind the scenes preceding Blagojevich’s decision to pick him as President Barack Obama‘s Senate replacement.

Burris initially filed a Jan. 5 affidavit under oath to the special House panel saying his first contact was a Dec. 26 meeting with Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Jr., who asked whether Burris was interested in filling the vacancy. Previously, “there was not any contact between myself or any of my representatives with Governor Blagojevich or any of his representatives regarding my appointment to the United States Senate,” Burris said.

Under questioning Jan. 8, however, Durkin specifically asked Burris whether he spoke with Blagojevich’s brother as well as several other close Blagojevich associates, including chief of staff John Harris and advisers Doug Scofield, John Wyma and Lon Monk, about his interest in the Senate seat.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca
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Without Martin Luther King and Roland Burris; No Barack Obama

January 27, 2009

He is just like Martin Luther King.  He’s a “Trail Blazer.” No not “Hot Rod The Hair God.”

Related:
Blagojevich: Wacko, Pathological, Grandiose and Narcissistic: But Criminal?

Roland Burris, the Senator who built himself a mausoleum larger than many condos, has likened himself to Martin Luther King.

“Without Martin Luther king and me there would be no Barack Obama,” said the famed and self-acclaimed black American.

Burris joins Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who claimed the MLK mantle just the other day….  That’s old news….

burris1_oconnor Above: Roland Burris has erected a mausoleum listing his accompishments in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery.
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U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ... 
Governor Rod Blagojevich (L), U. S Rep. Bobby Rush and Roland Burris, right, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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Senator Roland Burris says there would be no Barack Obama in the White House if not for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Burris himself.

The junior senator from Illinois spoke at a Rainbow PUSH Coalition breakfast in Chicago yesterday.

Burris was the first African-American elected to state office in Illinois.

Regarding the man who appointed him to the Senate, Burris said Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich 1/8 1/8 blah-GOYA-vich 3/8 3/8 has to make his own decisions.
Burris said the governor is innocent until proven guilty.

Joining Burris at the breakfast were fellow U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn, and state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Fox news….

Blagojevich Impeached, Responds In Bizarre Press Conference

January 9, 2009

Governor Rod Blagojevich called a news conference in Illinois today after he was impeached by the State House of Representatives.

He gave an off the cuff monologue that seemed detached from the reality and the facts of his impeachment and federal corruption charges.

“I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing,” he said.

See a video:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/09/
blagojevich.impeachment/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

But it took him four or five pages full of words and five full minutes to say this…..
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“The House action today was not a surprise. It was a foregone conclusion,” Blagojevich said at a news conference in Chicago. “From the very moment of my re-election, I’ve been engaged in a struggle with the House to try to get things done for people.

“The House’s action today, and the causes of the impeachment, are because I’ve done things to fight for families who are with me here today,” he added.
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The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach Mr Blagojevich, although only 60 votes were needed for the motion to pass.

“It’s our duty to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that’s become Illinois government,” said Jack D Franks, a Democratic representative.

Illinois’s State Senate will now try Mr Blagojevich. If found guilty, the governor will be forced out of office.

I’m no psychiatrist but Blagojevich looked and acted like a crazy man today — which shouldn’t help his friend Roland Burris who he appointed to the U.S. Senate….

Blago ended the news conference by quoting a poem from “Ulysses” by Lord Alfred Tennyson, ending with: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Ilinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says his impeachment was politically driven.

Ilinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says his impeachment was politically driven.

Related:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/09
/blagojevich.impeachment/index.html

Related:
Illinois: Thanks for “Nutjob New Year” (Blagoyevich, Rush, Burris)

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Illinois’ highest court on Friday validated the appointment of Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, ruling that the Illinois secretary of state does not have to sign off on it.

Read the CNN Report:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
1/09/burris.senate/index.html

Roland Burris's appointment to the U.S. Senate is valid, the Illinois Supreme Court says.

Roland Burris’s appointment to the U.S. Senate is valid, the Illinois Supreme Court says.

Related:
http://garychapelhill.wordpress.com/2009/
01/07/obama-leaves-harry-in-the-lurch/

Burris Caper Highlights Bad Thinking of Congressional Democrats, Harry Reid

January 8, 2009

Harry Reid, what the heck were you thinking?

And legal advisors, Democrats, and staff: where were you on this circus?

With a clear majority in Congress, a President-elect like we’ve never had before and an inauguration promising to bring out the largest crowds ever, how in the world could a dishonored Governor in Illinois and his antics give the Democratic Party a black eye?

One wonders….

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By CHARLES BABINGTON
Associated Press

Senate Democrats who thought they could push away Roland Burris misjudged the racial fallout, underestimated public reaction and wound up on shaky legal ground.

The blunders began when the Democrats, including President-elect Barack Obama, insisted they would not seat Burris as the Senate’s only black member because the appointment came from a governor accused of trying to sell Obama’ former seat.

On Wednesday, they all but admitted being outflanked by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, praising Burris and suggesting he soon will be a senator.

Eight days ago, Obama and Senate Democratic leaders saw Blagojevich as so politically damaged that they announced they would reject anyone he appointed to finish Obama’s term. Every Democratic senator signed a letter to the same effect.

Privately, key Democrats now admit they miscalculated from the start. They spent this week trying to backtrack and save face.

Senate-designate Roland Burris talks with Senate Majority Leader ...
Backtrack in motion.  Senate-designate Roland Burris talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Reid’s office on Capitol Hill, January 7, 2009.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

They had overstated their legal powers to block Burris’s appointment, they said, and failed to foresee the ability of Burris—a little-known Democrat with no apparent ties to Blagojevich’s misdeeds—to make himself a sympathetic figure in the national media.

Race complicated the matter, with many people asking how Democrats could prevent Burris from replacing Obama as the only black senator.

Underlying the Democrats’ initial response to Blagojevich’s appointment was a cold political calculation. Many felt that Burris, who unsuccessfully sought his party’s nomination for governor three times, would be a weak nominee when the Senate seat comes up for election in 2010. Knowing an incumbent senator can be hard to beat in a party primary, Senate Democrats had hoped to postpone acting on Blagojevich’s choice until if and when the governor was replaced, making it possible to put a more potent campaigner in the Senate seat.

Now, however, Democratic senators and strategists are reconciling themselves to the possibility of being stuck with Burris.

Read the rest:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D95IKMDG1&show_article=1

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By Dana Milbank
The Washington Post
Thursday, January 8, 2009; Page A03

 

“Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.”

— Last week’s statement on Roland Burris by Democratic Senate leaders.

 

“He obviously is a very engaging, extremely nice man. He presents himself very well. He’s very proud of his family. He’s got two Ph.D.s and two law degrees, and he talked about how proud he was having those degrees.”

— Yesterday’s statement on Roland Burris by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

 

There were more caves in Washington yesterday than in the mountains of Afghanistan.

A week ago, Senate Democrats, with Shermanesque certainty and the backing of President-elect Barack Obama, said that Rod Blagojevich’s Senate appointee would not be seated in the chamber — no way, no how. “It will ultimately not stand,” they vowed. Yesterday, they executed a near-perfect climb down, announcing that they would be happy to have Burris in the Senate after clearing up a couple of minor technicalities — “a pretty easy hurdle to get over,” as Reid put it.

Score one for the Illinois governor, who, on his way to likely impeachment and possibly the slammer, managed to outwit the leadership of his party.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2
009/01/07/AR2009010703521.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

New Congress Day 1: Where’s Rahm Emanuel?

January 6, 2009

When Barack Obama picked Rahm Emanuel to be his White House Chief of Staff, we were promised better, smoother relations with the Congress.

Today, the President-elect and Vice President-elect both had to phone a Senator who was miffed at a soon-to-be Executive Branch announcement, or as it a leak?

“I have been contacted by both President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, and they have explained to me the reasons why they believe Leon Panetta is the best candidate for CIA Director,” Feinstein said.

No matter.  Those phone calls were unnecessary and could have been avoided with one phone call from Emanuel to Senator Dianne Feinstein to avoid hurt feelings — yesterday.

Also at the Senate today, Democrat Harry Reid barred admittance to Democratically appointed Mr. Roland Burris in a scene called a “circus” by CNN.  Never mind that Emanuel, Obama, Burris and the Governor who made the appointment, Rob Blagoyevich, are all Democrats from Illinois.

You’d think the 24-hour news cycle could have done without news that Dianne Feinstein was not totally thrilled at the Leon Panetta nomination and that Roland Burris had to cool his heels outside the United States Senate.

Banana Republics act this way.  We have come to expect more from Team Obama.  But today was either just an ugly day for Team Obama and especially Leon Panetta or a sign that the honeymoon can’t last.

Let’s hope Rahm Emanuael wakes up before the mistakes really count….

In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff ... 
In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Burris Turned Away at Door of U.S. Senate

January 6, 2009

The man appointed to fill Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, Roland Burris, was turned away from the door of the U.S. Senate this morning.

In a brief news confernce outside the U.S. Capitol building in the rain, Burris spoke briefly before turing the event over to his lawyers.

Burris looked scared and dismayed amid a throng of reporters on a dark, cold, rainy and wet Washington DC.

CNN called the event a “circus” and reported “Burris was surrounded by a swarm of reporters as he tried to join the other senators on the first day of the new Congress.”

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has offered Senate Appointee Roland Burris office space not far from the Capitol.

Above: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has offered Senate Appointee Roland Burris office space not far from the Capitol.

The Associated Press reported that:

A Democratic official says the secretary of the Senate has turned former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris away from taking the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Burris left the Capitol offices of the secretary, Nancy Erickson, after a meeting of about 20 minutes.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090106/a
p_on_go_co/senate_burris

Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris talks with the ...
Roland Burris

Burris Says He’s a Senator; But Without The Oath, He Won’t Be One Even Tuesday

January 5, 2009

Senate Democrats struggled to avert a showdown steeped in race and corruption Monday as a defiant Roland Burris declared, “I’m a United States senator” despite boiling controversy over his appointment to President-elect Barack Obama‘s seat in Congress.

Several officials said it was out of the question that Burris would be sworn into office on Tuesday when other new lawmakers take the oath of office. The officials cited incomplete paperwork, but the dispute was far deeper than that. Burris was named last week by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who faces charges of having attempted to sell the seat.

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris holds a news conference ... 
Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris holds a news conference at Chicago’s Midway airport Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, before leaving for Washington for a high-stakes showdown on Capitol Hill about whether he’ll succeed President-elect Barack Obama in Congress. Burris was appointed last week by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Burris has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but Senate Democrats expressed the hope that the veteran Illinois Democrat would not violate protocol by attempting to walk uninvited into the chamber. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to address the matter publicly.

At the same time, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., appeared to leave open the possibility of a compromise after having failed to persuade Blagojevich to leave the seat vacant. Burris is scheduled to meet privately on Wednesday with the majority leader in his office a few paces off the Senate floor.

Burris, who is black, downplayed the issue of race at a news conference before boarding a flight from Chicago to Washington — even though supporters have given it prominence.

“I cannot control my supporters. I have never in my life, in all my years of being elected to office, thought anything about race,” he said.

As for Senate Democratic leaders, thus far unwilling to allow him to be seated, he said, “I am a United States senator. They can’t stop me from doing my senatorial duties.”

In fact, he is not, and cannot be unless he is administered the oath of office.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090105/ap_on_go_co/senate_burris_22

Burris, Senate, Racial Politics For Democrats This Week

January 5, 2009

The defiant move by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to name a Senate successor to Barack Obama has triggered a political and legal mess that could drag on for months and is already prompting uncomfortable racial questions for Democrats.

The case also presents Senate Democrats with a major distraction hanging over their return to Washington this week for the start of the new Congress.

By &
Politico

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made clear that he won’t swear in Roland Burris, the 71-year-old former state comptroller and attorney general who was appointed to the Senate by Blagojevich  last week. But Democratic Senate aides are tamping down the idea that Burris would be physically blocked by Capitol Police when the Senate is gaveled into session Tuesday. Burris has said that he will leave upon being denied entry to the Senate chamber.

But Reid’s office isn’t backing down on its plan to not seat Burris — and top advisers to Burris are suggesting that Reid doesn’t want an African-American to succeed Obama.

“It’s interesting that all those who are viable are white women and the ones who are unacceptable are black men,” Prince Riley, a senior consultant to Burris, told Politico.

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17022.html

Obama: Election Day to Inauguration Day Has Been Exciting; And It Isn’t Over Yet

January 4, 2009

His U.S. Senate seat may have been for sale by his home state Governor.  His “replacement” is under siege and may not be seated.

His Commerce Secretary pick is exiting amid a grand jury investigation.

Related:
Obama: Nation’s Hopes Never Higher, Times Seldom Tougher, Give Us Your Highest Vision

And his plans for a new Middle East policy may  have to be changed yet again a few times before the inauguration.

His domestic team has to be in some turmoil too: the auto company bailout isn’t comlete, there is some growing dismay at all the money thrown around by the Treasury while trying to get the economy jump started and his own “stimulus” may top $1 Trillion.

Even his choice of  Rick Warren to pray the invocation was not heard with gaiety….

For Barack Obama, just getting from Election Day to Inauguration Day has been exciting.

Hopes for a new American President have never been higher at home and internationally.

But there have never been so many roadblocks in the way of a smooth ride either.