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Burris Refuses to Resign Despite Plea From Durbin

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) suggested Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) resign in a meeting between the pair, but Burris told Durbin he would not step down.

"I told him, 'If I were in your shoes, I would consider resigning,'" Durbin told reporters outside of his office in the Capitol, following a meeting with Burris that lasted more than 30 minutes. "He said 'I will not resign.'"

Burris brushed by reporters after the meeting and would not comment except to say, "It was a good meeting."

But Durbin spoke at a length and abandoned any pretense of support for Burris following the recent disclosures that Burris had spoken with several associates of then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) before his appointment to the Senate seat, and even tried to raise money for the now-impeached governor.

Durbin said he would not support Burris if he ran to retain the seat next year, which Burris has not ruled out. Durbin repeatedly said he was "disappointed" that Burris had not disclosed all of his contacts with Blagojevich, which Durbin and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had demanded as a condition of the Senate seating Burris last month.

Durbin did not directly demand that Burris resign and pledged to work with Burris if he remains in the Senate. While several House members from Illinois have called for Burris to step down, most senators have not commented on the matter, and Durbin said he would not press his colleagues to force out Burris. He said he expected the Senate Ethics Committee to continue its investigation into the matter.

"There is a process and he is entitled to that process," Durbin said.

And Durbin admitted his words may have little sway on Burris, who he initially advised not to accept the appointment from Blagojevich.

"My advice obviously doesn't move him," Durbin said.

In a phone call before the Durbin meeting, Timothy Wright III, Burris' lawyer, said he is drafting a report on the senator's activities in seeking the seat and his statements following his Dec. 30 appointment by Blagojevich, but emphasized Burris was unlikely to resign.

"He doesn't see a reason to resign and I don't, either," said Wright.

Peter Slevin in Chicago contributed to this story.

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its a a democrat problem the GOP should leave senR.Burris alone.i live in Illinois i dont likke what going on but i feel he be greeat for the republicans to run agaist in 2010.this proves my point that any body who lives in cook countty is a crock.why dose cook contrroll Illinois!

Posted by: jtrailroad | February 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

SENATORS SHOULD FOCUS ON THEIR "VOTERS" AND NOT TRY TO TELL OTHER WHAT TO DO. DURBIN AND SHUMMER HAVE BAD HABIT OF PUTTING THEIR MOUTH WHERE IT DOES NOT BELONG.

JIM HELMS

Posted by: jim2343 | February 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Well Senator Burris since you do not see a reason to resign; let me show it to you. You lied...Repeatedly. You are no better than Blago. You are not fit to sit in the seat formerly held by President Obama. Just my way of helping you see a reason to resign.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | February 24, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Anyone surprised? He's just another Blago. Burris is just another liberal who thinks he is better/above the the rest of us. Why should Libs obey the laws like us? Especially TAX laws...maybe the Swiss bank delay is so Pelosi, Rangel, Geithner, ETC. can hurry on over there and withdraw their accounts...or change the account holders name.

Posted by: MaggieMay2 | February 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Someone please call on the corrupt Sen. Chris Dodd to resign!

Besides his sweet-heart loans from the mortgage industry (which he regulates) and his his tax-cheating, we now learn he was given a $1 million house in Ireland by someone for whom he arranged a pardon.

Burris looks like an altar boy compared to Dodd.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Burris - stay the course! Ask any of the other congressmen if they helped other politicians and the answer would be a resounding yes. Let the process unfold - but don't give up your seat because others think you should. I remember that Sen Harry Reid wanted a white woman and not you.

Posted by: dcbrat | February 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I do not think this has reference to the Party Affiliation....

I think he is a very self-serving individual... which is why he 'supposingly' forgot to disclose the fact that he attempted to obtain contribution through the ex-Governors Brother!

The heart wants what it wants.. and the Heck with integrity!

RESIGN!... you should have never excepted the Nomination!

Posted by: Puddlescited | February 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Both should resign. Durbin was the one to OK his induction to the Senate.

Any other IIIinois politicians in the O'Bama/Clintonite Administration should resign too.

These men and women, typify the filth and corruption of the American political machine.

Posted by: Accuracy | February 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Burris is such a self serving slimeball.
He would perform fellatio on every senator
in washington at highnoon in the mall and give them 30 mins to draw a crowd.He has proven that he will do anything for a senate seat, and when the rest of the truth comes out we will find out how much cash under the table he paid blago for that seat..

Posted by: Mogas | February 24, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Sen Burris is digging his heels in. GOOD FOR HIM. He just might be a decent man who will do a good job. I gotta tell ya'll...some of those Republican senators fit my definition of crazy and extremist.

Posted by: elaine21 | February 24, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman, I am horrified at the actions of Burris. I cannot even bring myself to call him Senator. There is no race card here. He is a LIAR and needs to resign. To think that a cheat sits in the Senate is almost too much. Burris knew exactly what he was doing, he wanted another achievement on his tombstone. Too bad he did not ACHIEVE what he has.The black community should with one voice call for his resignation.

Posted by: JoeSixPack2 | February 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I can't take credit for the following but thought he struck the right chord.

"And this is what the democrats want to waste time on? One of their own being less than candid regardig political contacts? We don't even have a HHS secretary, the stimulus bill was highly partisan and THIS is what they want to hold meetings about.

Let's do something novel. How about you investigate whether or not a crime was committed and move the heck on. Otherwise, this (not Burris) makes the democratic party look like fools--expecially considering the questionable character of those (Clinton, Rangel, Jefferson, Stevens, Craig, Vitter etc) who have remained in office for far worse.

The dems sure know how to f k up a w e t dream."

HA-HA! My sentiments exactly...

Posted by: dcis1 | February 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Burris should resign or be removed from office by the Senate. His conduct has been disgraceful.

Posted by: gmeagher | February 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

What I just have to wonder about is two democratic governors targeted in rapid succession. I have to wonder if our new surveillance technology is being put to use for random investigations that just happen to be somewhat selective. And it seems more of a smear job with embarrassing information than real criminality especially if the reporter is right and everyone one in Illinois politics plays the same game.

Posted by: cgillard | February 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

someone needs to make sure burris doesn't get benefitsand pay for life like the a real senator.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | February 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

we as a country are really in trouble.


The black caucus must, for the good of the country ( black and white,) convince him to resign.

The man is bizarre and the state of Illinois must pressure his removal.

geez

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | February 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Burris. Resign already! You lied repeatedly and just because you keep screaming "I didn't do anything wrong" doesn't make those lies go away and neither are we. Either you are so stupid or so much in denial that you cannot fathom that we, the people, can see and hear and understand what you have done. You are draining the precious little resources the State of Illinois has and draining on the people's fragile beaten down state of mind. Do go away never to return!

Posted by: pelohoki | February 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

durbi should be talking to dobbs also .this may be bigger than first reported.

Posted by: donaldtucker | February 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Burris ran for many offices in Ilinois and didn't win any. He is not the peoples choice, he is ONE mans choice. He should resign because he lied and he reminds me of an egotistical,opportunist parasite.

Posted by: safmmail | February 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, ho, this crook has got to go!

Let's send all these crooks back to Illinois: Burris, Durbin, and Obama.

We don't want you crooks running this country into the ground.

Posted by: bug45 | February 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The Black Caucus supported this loser. They should also resign.

Posted by: bug45 | February 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Even Vitter (the sex crazed scandalized republican) is telling burris to check out. Coming from him it has to be the right thing to do right? Really though, burris lied and now is throwing it up to everyone and saying 'you can't make me resign'. Now it's a matter of principal...make him leave.

Posted by: sesit | February 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The Irish mafia with the exception of Tricky Richie Daley are trying to dump Burris so they can install one of their cohorts and give him a leg up on next year's Senatorial election. Leave the poor old man alone. He has no intention in running next year. Don't forget, without his vote the stimulus bill wouldn't have made it. Fess up Durbin, you never wanted the man.

Posted by: rwoloszyn | February 24, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The long communist suppression and corruption by politburo in Ukrain, Russia, Serbia, ... they seem to have a heightened sense and need for corruption. Couple that to the corrupt culture of Chicago politics, the consequence is clear. That Serbian descendant Blago has ruined Burris. Guys from Ukrain, grown up under Soviet rule, educated in Russia, I saw those guys have no respect for fairness and justice whatsoever.

Posted by: Charlie180 | February 24, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Durbin is way out of line(same party). There is not a Politician a live who has not discussed the possiblity of an appointment with friends and foes a like. Is it not the nature of the beast?

If it is proven that Burris has done something illegal then out door he goes and take Durbin with him. What has Durbin done lately?

Durbin with his holier than thou attitude should be trying to find out why Bunning is acting like a DOCTOR. There are some other Senators that he ought to be calling in on the "CARPET", for instance he should call in the Honorable Mitch McConnell in for a sit down and have Mitch explain HIS reasoning.

Mitch McConnell:
“All of us want to strengthen the economy and create and save jobs. Republicans believe the best way to do it is to first fix the problem, which is housing. Then we need to let people keep more of what they earn."

Have Mitch explain how you can stop a foreclosure and keep more of what you earn. WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE A JOB!!!

Point, Burris maybe smarter than most.

Posted by: msgbill | February 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

What a pig! And he dared to play the race card when very fair questions were asked. He would have never been seated if he were white. He needs to go!

Posted by: wjfreeman1 | February 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Burris is acting like any other politician under these circumstances. Like most lawmakers, he is a lawyer. He knows that he has the dems behind the eight ball and that the pubs are happy to have him around. He doesn't care about silly things like morality, integrity, honesty or doing the "right" thing. To a lawyer, the only thing that matters is personal self-interest and using the law as a weapon to achieve their narrow aims.

This is a guy who, like most politicians, is a legend in his own mind and believes his manifest destiny is to be a senator. From there, who knows - perhaps the next President of the United States!

Posted by: magellan1 | February 24, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Did Dick Durbin just threaten Senator Burris? Did I just read this?

"I told him I thought it would be extremely difficult for him to be successful in a primary or general election under the circumstances," Durbin said.

Durbin better watch his step. Whether or not Burris is successful depend on the voters, not him. If Durbin thinks he can interfere with a legal election process then he better take a few steps back.

Threatening or attempting to blackmail a sitting senator is still against the law, even if from another senator.

Durbin and the dems have enough of THEIR OWN CORRUPTION to worry about from profiting from the war to cheap mortgages for themselves. Not to mention the idiocy of threatening a deciding vote.

By the way, Durbin, hows that torture commission going? You better get back to work and put the water container down for now.

Posted by: tropicgirl | February 24, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse


Hang in there Mr. Burris? You can't be any worse than Obama and his Chicago slimers?

Posted by: bnw173 | February 24, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

For personal gains, Burris repeatedly lied and evaded to share what he knew to be the truth. What will a lawyer "drafting a report" prove? Even though Durbin lacks the courage to demand Burris resign, it's important to citizens of Illinois, Democrats, and the integrity of Congress he leaves. But his not caring about others and only for himself is what got him in this situation in the first instance. What a side show, and in Obama's former seat nonetheless.

Posted by: B_R_D | February 24, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

You go girl!

F'em all. Let he who is without sins cast the first stone, etc, etc.

Harry Reid should resign because he just plan sucks. Lets get a real Democrat as Majority Leader.

The best part of this is that we not only get to see how sleazy Illinois politics are, but also who childish.

Posted by: omar615 | February 24, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

VITTER should resign or be removed from office by the Senate. His conduct has been disgraceful.

Posted by: paris1969 | February 24, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

As Desi Arnez used to say "someone has to do some "splainin: here. Senator Burris is obviously in a great deal oif hot water both in the senate and in Illinois, where I believe he will be indicted and convicted of perjury. /when he testified before the committee of the Illinois legislature, he should have come clean and explained his relationship withe governor's aides and his brother. Senator's
Durbin and Reid could have killed this nomination, and did not do so. Senator Burris is now between a rock and hard place, but should do te honorable thing and resign. His 30 year reputation in Illinois politics is now in tatters.

Posted by: probonopublico | February 24, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It has amazed me that even in the smokey back room "old boys club" that this has been dragged out this long. Burris has proven himself a liar and I am sure someone has paid Blago the money he wanted in the beginning of this disgusting scam.
Why have the people of Illinois not stood together and stopped this obvious crime. They have allowed themselves to be the laughing stock of the country.
Yes laughing, but nobody is smiling.

Posted by: dantiger | February 24, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Little Dick Turban finally grew a pair.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | February 24, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

i would rather durbin stepped down.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | February 24, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Burris should not have accepted the appointment by Blagojevich.
Burris should not have been seated by the Senate.
Burris should now resign. But Burris is quite impeachable.
If Burris does not resign or is not impeached, it's up to the people of IL whom I have little faith in to do the right thing.

Posted by: ptgrunner | February 24, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Burris is no worse than ALL the rest of them. I think he fits in PERFECTLY. And Turdbin is a fool.

Posted by: PercyKution | February 24, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Senators didn't press Alaska's Ted Stevens to resign even after he was CONVICTED of seven federal felonies. Burris hasn't been charged with a crime... yet, nor has he had a trial. Stevens was given accolades and a six minute standing ovation on the floor of the Senate when he finally left on his own terms.
Burris shouldn't have accepted the appointment in the first place. Neither should he be treated differently than other Senators.

Posted by: skeetchamp | February 24, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Senator Durbin (and Senator Reid, too) should set the appropriate example himself by resigning. Then, the Illinois Governor could name distinguished Chicago solon F. Fawzi Mafooz to take his place. Senator Burris' only crime is that, obiously, he's not as "sophisticated" as his accusers.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | February 24, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Senator Durbin (and Senator Reid, too) should set the appropriate example himself by resigning. Then, the Illinois Governor could name distinguished Chicago solon F. Fawzi Mafooz to take his place. Senator Burris' only crime is that, obviously, he's not as "sophisticated" as his accusers.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | February 24, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

My goodness... Another black politician involved in scandal.

Posted by: LoveDianne72 | February 24, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Mr. Durbin, you did such a great job for Illinois. You can now shrug your shoulders, shake your head in disbelief, wave your hands and sigh almost convincingly, "I . . .tried", as you quickly walk away from those of us in IL who expected you to do the right thing and get Roland Burris to resign.
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If Burris stays, you'll work with him? What incentive is that for him to resign? You just gave his deceptive actions your complete approval.
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"I can't force him," Durbin added." MR. DURBIN--ILLINOIS DEMANDS THAT YOU FIND A WAY!!!!!!!!

Posted by: momof20yo | February 24, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Mr. Durbin, you did such a great job for Illinois. You can now shrug your shoulders, shake your head in disbelief, wave your hands and sigh almost convincingly, "I . . .tried", as you quickly walk away from those of us in IL who expected you to do the right thing and get Roland Burris to resign.
*
If Burris stays, you'll work with him? What incentive is that for him to resign? You just gave his deceptive actions your complete approval.
*
"I can't force him," Durbin added." MR. DURBIN--ILLINOIS DEMANDS THAT YOU FIND A WAY!!!!!!!!

Posted by: momof20yo | February 24, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

All this,be clearly,are the
inevidable debris of the runious fallout from the collision of Constitutional
Democracy with the Daley Chicago Machines' socialist/communist coup d'etat which occurred this
past national election.
Have fun everyone- History
never cleans up her childrens' messes....

Posted by: sittingmoose1031_51shaman | February 24, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

"The chicken has returned to roost". The idea by impeached and ex-governor Blagoevich to appointment Roland Burris as a US Senator was on shaky grounds and flawed from the very beginning.

Nevertheles, the appointment was allowed to go forward by the legislators in Springfield, Illinois. As a failed venture the State of Illinois and the U.S. Senate must take oversight responsibility for this debacle and pursuit proactive leadership. Should Mr. Burris be inclined to refuse to resign as requested, expulsion may be the action of last resort. Then, as an appointed caretaker senate replacement for twenty-two by the current governor, a "political rising star" or a "sentimental has been" would do just find as long as he or she is the people's servant.

Posted by: lemonj41 | February 24, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Attention: All great Illinois residents

The offices of Senator Roland W. Burris are open for constituent services.

Contacts are as follows:

523 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2854

Chicago Senate Office
Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 886-3506

Springfield Senate Office
607 East Adams, Suite 1520
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 492-5089

Additionally, you can go to www.senate.gov, punch in Senator Roland Burris at the upper right, and you will see an excellent biographical background.

Thank you.

Posted by: CommonSense12 | February 26, 2009 5:23 AM | Report abuse

This is all surreal.

With all the Senate has to do, now Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is “piling on” along with the Chicago Tribune writers and newly appointed Governor Quinn suggesting that Senator Roland Burris should just pack up and go home.

Hello: Earth —- to the Durbin/Quinn/Tribune writers gang — it ain’t going to happen. So get over it.

Senator Burris has done nothing wrong. He forgot to mention (because it wasn’t important and didn’t apply) that he was asked to conduct a fund raiser for former Governor Blagojevich that was unsuccessful —- that means that NO money was raised, and that this failed fund raiser attempt took place BEFORE any talk between former Governor Blagojevich and now Senator Burris of a possible Senatorial appointment. There was no quid pro quo. So what’s the problem? There is none. The FBI has also said Senator Burris is not under any investigation on any matter.

The problem is that Governor Quinn and the Tribune writers clearly have too much time on their hands, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to destroy other people’s lives, while they obviously enjoy beating up some more on Governor Blagojevich, and now Senator Dick Durbin wants to pile on.

This is disgraceful and what makes it worse — we taxpayers are paying their salary while they are doing all this. You can’t make this up.

Is this the way the US Senate is going to conduct itself the next four years? I hope not. They are not off to a great start.

Hello Senator Reid. How about you stepping in here with some adult supervision?

Posted by: CommonSense12 | February 26, 2009 5:30 AM | Report abuse

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