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Burris Did Try To Raise Funds For Blago

From a shocked and dismayed Associated Press:

Burris tried to raise funds for Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – U.S. Sen. Roland Burris now acknowledges attempting to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich — an explosive twist in his ever-changing story on how he landed a coveted Senate appointment from the man accused of trying to sell the seat.

Burris made the admission to reporters on Monday, after releasing an affidavit over the weekend saying he had more contact with Blagojevich aides about the Senate seat than he had described under oath to the state House panel that recommended Blagojevich’s impeachment. The Democrat also said in the affidavit, but not before the panel, that the governor’s brother asked him for fundraising help.

Though Burris insists he never raised money for Blagojevich while the governor was considering whom to appoint to the seat President Barack Obama vacated, the revelation that he had attempted to do so is likely to increase calls for Burris’ resignation and an investigation into whether he committed perjury before the panel. Illinois Democrats have forwarded documents related to Burris’ testimony to a county prosecutor for review…

After an event Monday night in Peoria, Burris told reporters that he had reached out to friends after Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, called him before President Barack Obama’s election asking him to raise $10,000 or $15,000 for the governor.

"So some time shortly after Obama was elected, the brother called," Burris said, according to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune’s Web site. "And now in the meantime, I’d talked to some people about trying to see if we could put a fundraiser on. Nobody was — they said, ‘We aren’t giving money to the governor.’ And I said, ‘OK, you know, I can’t tell them what to do with their money.’"

Burris said he left open the possibility that he and his business partner could go to others for money…

Gosh, what a shock.

My faith in the the integrity of Chicago machine politicians may be forever shaken.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Burris Did Try To Raise Funds For Blago”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Race card in 5, 4 , 3, 2 …

    • brad says:

      No kidding, I was thinking the same thing. It was the race card that put him in the senate in the first place, and now that he may be in trouble, AND the only black person in the senate….he will get out of it using those tactics.

  2. proreason says:

    Tip of the iceberg

  3. The gift that keeps on giving.. Chicago politics FINE with the country as long as it was in Chicago.. But now? hoo boy..

  4. Consilience says:

    These boys are as crooked as a barrel of fish-hooks…they may well hang this nitwit out to dry; he’s not one of THE boys and has too much baggage even for the democrats. Compare to William Jefferson democrat-Louisiana who got a pass because he was of THE BOYS…there’s a difference; he was engaged in the commerce side of law-making (although justice did eventually catch-up w/him)—Burris, poor bastard, just propping up another Chicago thug…
    So, if he is tossed, does he get that juicy pension and benefits for life?

  5. curvyred says:

    I am still curious as to why Fitzpatrick ended the investigation before he seemingly had the “goods” and yes I am that cynical.

    But it is purely speculation on my end – not scientific, just a hinky feeling I have.

    • Weasel says:

      Well, he is getting to keep his job in the new administration. Coincidence?

    • proreason says:

      “I am still curious as to why Fitzpatrick ended the investigation before he seemingly had the “goods”

      are you kidding curvy?

      He ended the investigation to save The Moron’s ass.

      That’s not being cynical. That’s being observant.

      Fitz has been a tool of the commiecrats from day one. He’s high on the list of criminals. So high he deserves the ultimate punishment…..being locked in a cell with Drooling Bernie Franks.

    • yellarcan says:

      proreason,
      Right again sir, Fitz is a TOOL!

  6. libocrat says:

    This entire charade is so tedious. We all see the clowns. The clowns are the ones with the red noses and floppy shoes. But we are REQUIRED to follow certain rules. We cannot just yell……I SEE THE FUCKING CLOWN AND HE IS BURRIS!!!. Nope. The MEDIA requires us to jump through SEVERAL HOOPS. Y’know, like a 3 ring circus.
    Here’s the gig. 1) WE DON’T SEE BURRIS THE CLOWN. 2) BURRIS THE CLOWN WAS NOT SEATED IN THE (FUCKING!!!) UNITED STATES SENATE via GRAFT 3) THOUGH WE ALL REALIZE THAT BURRIS IS INDEED A CLOWN AND WE REALIZE THAT HE IS 1% equaling 3MILLION AMERICANS in the power structure. We CANNOT REMOVE HIM, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PLAY CHARADES

  7. brad says:

    This is why under NO CIRCUMSTANCES, will I support, stuff envelops, raise money for anyone ever!

    What do you get for your money? Reduced gov’t? Do they reduce their own salaries or staff? Do they eliminate punitive or out-dated laws? Do these people do anything other than sit around and fight over how to spend your money for their voting blocks?

    The stupid people spend millions of $ to get these people elected, so they can have a great job, good pay, fantastic benefits, and pretty much not do what you want them to do. AND THEN, every time there is a problem (Gitmo, border fence, stimulus package, census take-over, supreme court nominee) they call or send an email asking for money to fight this “crisis.”

    Um, we paid lots of money to have you in office to vote against this thing, why aren’t you voting against it, and why are you asking for more money to do your job?

    RIP OFF ARTISTS, every one of them.

    • Consilience says:

      Because the strictures on public office have become so precise only a moral relativist would run—essentially criminals and Marxists (the thug messiah comes to mind).

  8. EvaTheFrisbeeDog says:

    SG: Technically Burris is a downstater, since as Mike Royko used to say he’s from south of 111th Street. Nonetheless, downstate Illinois is no less corrupt than Chicago, i.e. Dan Walker, Paul Powell (http://preview.tinyurl.com/7tqsqs), just on a smaller scale.


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