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Senate ethics committee admonishes Burris

Updated 12:33 p.m.
By Paul Kane
Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) has been admonished by the Senate ethics committee for his public comments about his appointment last December to the body.

In a three-page "public letter of qualified admonition" issued Friday, the committee formally reprimanded Burris for statements -- some made under oath to an Illinois legislative committee -- in which he denied trying to raise any campaign contributions for indicted former governor Rod Blagojevich for his political committees. (Here is a PDF of the letter.)

Several weeks after making those statements, and after being sworn in to the Senate, Burris amended his testimony to say that he had discussed trying to gather donations for Blagojevich.

Blagojevich appointed Burris to the Senate after being arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to sell the seat, once held by President Obama, to the highest bidder.

Fearful of seating anyone selected by Blagojevich, Senate leaders had made Burris's truthful testimony about the appointment before the Illinois legislature a contingency for allowing him to join the chamber in January, becoming its only African American senator.

"You should have known that you were providing incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information to the public, the Senate, and those conducting legitimate inquiries into your appointment to the Senate," the committee, made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, found in its unanimous opinion.

A letter of admonition is the mildest form of rebuke that the ethics committee can administer.

In a statement, Burris claimed the ethics letter cleared him because the panel noted that its investigation did not find "any actionable violations of law".

"I am pleased that after numerous investigations, this matter has finally come to a close. I thank the members of the Senate Ethics Committee for their fair and thorough review of this matter, and now look forward to continuing the important work ahead on behalf of the people of Illinois," Burris said.

The committee, however, was less than congratulatory in its assessment of Burris's honesty. In a bold-faced sentence, underlined for emphasis, the panel said: "Your shifting explanations about your sworn statements appear less than candid."

In addition, the committee reviewed a Nov. 13, 2008, phone call that the FBI intercepted, in which Burris and Robert Blagojevich, the former governor's brother, explicity discussed raising money for the governor. Burris repeatedly made mention to the brother to remind Blagojevich about Burris's interest in getting the appointment to the Senate seat, which Obama was about to vacate after winning the presidency.

"The committee finds that this conversation was inappropriate in its content and implications," the panel, led by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), said in its statement.

Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who played a key role in the seating of his home-state colleague, denounced Burris for his actions in a statement released after the ethics committee admonishment was released.

"We made it clear that in order for him to be seated in the U.S. Senate he needed to appear before the Illinois General Assembly to testify openly, honestly and completely about the nature of his relationship with the former governor, his associates and the circumstances surrounding this appointment," Durbin said. "Since then, the accuracy and completeness of his testimony and affidavits have been called into question. The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee has completed its review into this matter and found that Sen. Burris actions have brought discredit on him and the Senate. The letter of qualified admonition from the Ethics Committee speaks for itself."

By Paul Kane  |  November 20, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Still trying to tie this to Obamacare. Give me a few more minutes.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | November 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

wooooo ... you've been admonished ....

If you do it again, you will receive the worst warning of your life, Mister!

Posted by: AWWNats | November 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Blago gets thrown out of office. Burris gets a slap on the hand for lying about his appointment.

Posted by: websmith1 | November 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

What a joke! ... there are 100 jokes in the Senate by my count today.

Posted by: viennacommuter | November 20, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

NOW can we evaluate all of Obama's statements to see if Obama provided inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information to the public ???

We can start with the health care budget numbers, which they are pretending comes solely from the CBO, but are based on the accounting tricks devised by the democrats and the White House.

OH, how about the statement on abortion?

We can go on and on ........


Posted by: 37thand0street | November 20, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Coming from the dregs of Chicago politics what did they expect.

Posted by: confusedwithgovernment | November 20, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Yes, this is all about Obama. But still somehow I wonder... how is Clinton to blame? Carter?

Posted by: mcclure03 | November 20, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Kind of reminds me of Dwight Shrute's disciplinary system on The Office.

Jim: [picking up a ticket on his desk] What's this?
Dwight: That is a demerit.
Jim: "Jim Halpert, tardiness." Oh, I love it already.
Dwight: You've got to learn, Jim, you're second in command, but that does not put you above the law.
Jim: Oh I understand. And I also have lots of questions. Like what does a demerit mean?
Dwight: Let's put it this way. You do not want to receive three of those.
Jim: Lay it on me.
Dwight: Three demerits, and you'll receive a citation.
Jim: Now that sounds serious.
Dwight: Oh it is serious. Five citations, and you're looking at a violation. Four of those, and you'll receive a verbal warning. Keep it up, and you're looking at a written warning. Two of those, that'll land you in a world of hurt in the form of a disciplinary review, written up by me and placed on the desk of my immediate superior.
Jim: Which would be me.
Dwight: correct.
Jim: Okay, I want a copy on my desk by the end of the day or you will receive a full disadulation.
Dwight: What's a dis...what's that?
Jim: Oh, you don’t want to know.

Posted by: klh84 | November 20, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

But, by all means, please keep the seat. Next time, just don't be stupid enough to get caught or we are going to have to find someone who is smart enough not to.

Hey, Congress - I hear that the local diner is giving away a free Nobel Peace prize with an order of shrimp tacos.

Posted by: Bev5 | November 20, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Yeoow! Good thing it was not murder cause then he would get a $50 fine and early retirement with a big fat pension.

America's finest! We idolize and adore our politicians almost as much as our great role model Hollywood celebrities and sport's figures.

Posted by: maphound | November 20, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I thought lying under oath was perjury and that perjury was a felony...therefore he who commits a felony is a felon. Did I miss something?? OH! wait a minute...this is the US Senate and this law doesn't apply to them. Sorry.

Posted by: egoetz1 | November 20, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The use of the word "ethics" used in any way, shape or form in conjunction with, by or through either branch of Congress by either party is improperly used unless preceded by the word "no". All 535 need to be sent home next November and we are idiots as citizens of this country if we do not implement term limits. Congress has grown more and more corrupt as a result of power grabs by both parties. Neither party or branch cares about common sense solutions to issues, only reelection and more power - in other words they are self servants instead of public servants. To all 535 of you - you are a corrupt joke, bankrupting our country and do not deserve to be in office.

Posted by: rbloomer2 | November 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I have never heard an analogical review of our Congress that is more accurate than the Office snippet captured above. I shall be using that and the new term disadulation for days to come. Ha ha ha.

Our Senate is the only place in the country where one can embellish their resume, lie to get a position, and steal from the employer and still have the best retirement plan ever devised. Think about it -- this criminal, Burris, will serve maybe 3 years as a US Senator, having lied to get the job, and accomplishing nothing in service to this great country. Then he will return to the cesspool called Chicago and draw a great retirement for whatever years he has left. Worse, he can refer to himself as "Senator Burris" for the rest of his life. It is a travesty. He should be throen out, all his pay clawed back, and be tried for purjury to the US Congress. Cowards will not do this, might hurt the old criminals feelings.

Posted by: jumpDOG | November 20, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Our elected officials make the Mob look like choir boys.

Posted by: Maddogdad | November 20, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

He was rebuked by the people of Illinois when he took the job. It didn't phase him. What makes the senate ethics committee think they can do better?

Posted by: d-stephani | November 20, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

To rbloomer2.....You have hit the nail on the head. I usually fall on the floor laughing whenever I hear about an ethics investigation anywhere within out bloated, unscrupulous, vermin infested Government. They wouldn't know an ethics violation if it bit them on their ass. They will never vote for term limits and give up their place at the public hog trough. I wonder if Obozo is counting these 535 jobs as " jobs saved" ?? Make that 536...including his. 2010 & 2012 can't get here soon enough. Vote out as many as possible each and every election.

Posted by: egoetz1 | November 20, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Notice the deep vein of cynicism running through these comments? What part of ETHICAL doesn't the "Ethics Committee" understand?

It's a sad, sad situation: with a milqetoast reaction like this to flagrant wrongdoing, no wonder the public becomes increasingly skeptical that there's a single honest man or woman in the Senate. You've handed us yet another perversion of the "public TRUST." Why should we trust any of you? The whole of you allowed this Blago-crony into what used to be government's hallowed halls, thought he'd have a huge behavior change, and when he acted "true to form", you 6 "ethics" committee members slapped his wrist!

Let's call them what you've all helped to make them--the "Hollow Halls" of Congress! Send Burris packing--back to Chi-town with the rest of his ilk!

Posted by: livefr8 | November 20, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

What a piece of human garbage. A U.S. Senator. Christ, we have an inept community organizer as President.

We are doomed.

God help us all.

Posted by: tjhall1 | November 20, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Pursuant to the Supreme Law of the Land, Senator Burris can and should be relegated to Mr. Burris by removing and barring him from ever holding a position of Honor, Trust or Profit under the United States. Article 2, Section 4 states that all civil officers shall be removed on Impeachment for, and Conviction of Crimes and Misdemeanors. And disqualified from any future office by virtue of Article 1, Section 3, Clause 7. All that WE need now, is for the people of the State of Illinois to stand up and commence proceedings.

Brian Kilcullen

Posted by: TacitusDominatus | November 20, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Roland Burris is a well educated, accomplished, experienced attorney and I am completely sure that he knew, since he served as State Attorney General, that a person can, and has a moral and ethical obligation to, amend testimony after the fact to add clarity or include facts. Burris ammended his testimony so therefore he could not be said to have perjured himself.

Posted by: blk-ml | November 20, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I had read that Hasan was a friend of Obamas when he was in the Illinois House but did not think it to be true, but now I have my doubts.

I just got this from a friend. She checked it out and there he is…..listed on page 29……Nidal Hasan, was a Homeland Security advisor on the Obama transition team. (He was a participant and is listed on Page 29). Now it seems like we have a little insight into why Obama said to not jump to conclusions about Nidal Hasan. This man, who killed and wounded the people at Fort Hood , Texas was an advisor to Obama's Homeland Security team. See the link below and look on page 29.

Posted by: Heartsie | November 20, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"Guilty as sin and free as a bird. What a great country!" - Bill Ayers.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | November 20, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

bik-mi... I was with you until you got to the word "attorney", then your whole argument fell apart. You cannot use the words attorney, ethical and moral in the same sentence to defend a point about ethics and morals. Burris knew he was lying when he first testified under oath and only recanted his perjurous testimony after he saw he had no choice. The Illinois senate seat should have been left vacant instead of selling it to Burris. Then Illinois would have some modicum of honesty in the Senate. Having nothing is better than having a Liar represent you in Govt.

Posted by: egoetz1 | November 20, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Summary: You lied about cheating to get the Senate appointment you wanted.

Punishment: Don’t do it next time you are corruptly appointed Senator or you will get an even more severe warning.


Posted by: john_falck | November 20, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

An admonishment... like what everyone gets for poor job performance.

Seems about right to me, the way I see the system works.

He isn't in trouble for lying - they all do that - it's part of the job qualifications.

He's in trouble for not lying well enough.

Folks, you have no one to blame but yourselves. You keep electing these career politician scumbags. They've set up their own little club - knowing you will believe any lie they tell you and keep asking them back.

Posted by: quark1 | November 20, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Just more proof that our Constitution is nothing but toilet paper.

Posted by: emag | November 20, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone every tried to ammend their testimony they gave in court and gotten only a wrist slap from a judge?? Try this nexrt time you get hauled into small claims court, traffic court or even with your employer. See how that works for you. About as well as all this Hope & Change we've been lied to about.

Posted by: egoetz1 | November 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Roland Burris would not be a United States Senator if Senator Dick Durbin, Governor Pat Quinn and Speaker of the Illinois House of Represenatives had kept their promise to the people of Illiinois. They all promised that we could elect the individual to fill Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

They reneged when they realized that the people of Illinois might not elect a Democrat because the people were disgusted with the stench of Illinois politics.

Shame on them!

Posted by: mwhoke | November 20, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

So big deal. Almost ever politician HERE IN CHICAGO is UNETHICAL. Nothing gets done cause they all stick together, HE should have never been seated in the first place. In CHICAGO the land of the CORRUPT, they re all actors, PRETENDING TO DO SOMETHING. TAX PAYERS MONEY was spent like drunkin sailors with every SENATOR/ALDERMAN etc. yapping that he SHOULD NOT REPLACE OBAMA, the only reason why he was cause he was of the same COLOR, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THAT. BURRIS HAS TIES TO OBAMA.AND OUR DISGRACED EX;GOV. BLAGO, you have seen him on T.V. , But in the long run THE BLACK POLITICIANS MADE THEIR THREATS along with the CAMERA LOVING JESSE JACKSON and THE REST IS HISTORY. NO ONE CARES HOW CORRUPT ANYONE IS HERE IN ILLINOIS, THEY DO WAHT WILL BENEFIT THEM AND THEIRS, NOT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR THEM.
The POLITICAISN IN CHICAGO,ILLINOIS have no morals,conscience nor do they have any compassion. IT'S WHO HAS THE MOST MONEY and CAN BUY POWER.

Posted by: itscc721 | November 20, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

GASP! He got a "qualified reprimand." That means the good old boys told him it "looked a little shady" over cocktails. After all, they really didn't want to open up too much discussion on LYING. All of his pictures show him smiling. Does he still gets healthcare and retirement? I'd be smiling too!

Yes, America, this is the "change" on capital hill you were promised. Now belly up to the kool-aid fountain for another glass. It's bidness as usual in DC. LOL

Posted by: Portland1 | November 20, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I am an attorney who has conducted many depositions and attended numerous sworn administrative proceedings. Ammending testimony is a routine matter. Burris did not break the law. He may be a liar and a cheat but he is not a criminal and therefore can't be impeached or barred from office.

Posted by: blk-ml | November 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The Senate has an ethics committee? I'll bet that confuses them.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 20, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

A politician who lies? What a novelty in the new normal!

Lawyers are such sensitive beasts and their feelings can be hurt so easily. An admonishment and formal reprimand by his peers! Wow! That almost certainly impacts his self esteem and should correct the behavior soon... watch for it... really.

Believe that? I can sell you the Brooklyn bridge cheap... anyone? anyone?

@blk-ml - and therein the problem rests.

Posted by: WPPressClub | November 20, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@ blk-ml

You must be an attorney. Only an ordinary American citizen would see the stench form this entire affair and say it's completely WRONG!

BTW: nice parsing!

Posted by: Portland1 | November 20, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Well Johnny Isakson, who submitted a bill requesting the US to block the Goldstone report about war crimes, had best not be throwing too many stones

Posted by: jackbrumbelow7 | November 20, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I would be embarassed to have this man represent me. His appointment and behavior is making a mockery of the office of Senator.

Posted by: JerryB2 | November 20, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

In a statement, Burris claimed the ethics letter cleared him because the panel noted that its investigation did not find "any actionable violations of law".

How perfectly Clintonian. This is the trash we're electing to determine our futures?

Posted by: srpinpgh | November 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Can you actually read? Go back and look at the report. It isn't the President's Transition Team. It isn't the President's advisory team for National Security either. It was a team assembled by the University to advise the incoming President.
What does this have to do with the Burris article that all are commenting on?
Hurry along're missing Glenn Beck.

Posted by: danielOH | November 20, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Even though he has been formally "Admonished", he still has lifetime salary and health care since he is a senator. Take away his perks, and show him how a criminal SHOULD BE TREATED!!

Posted by: LinS1 | November 20, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Only in the bizarro world of the United States Senate is perjury not an actionable violation of the law. You'd think Burris would be an embarrassment to his fellow senators and his party--but you'd be wrong.

Posted by: Rob_ | November 20, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Well the comments about Senator Burris are tinged with a bit of humor, but as usual the Senate Ethics Committee did just enough to slightly cover their backside.

Burris's reply to the Ethics Committee implied that his hands were lily white and that the Ethics Committee pretty much exonerated him from any wrong doing.

Many journalists will take Burris's response and place in the headlines - for me it's just another shoe-in that Americans watched happen right in front of their eyes.

May we get our voices back! As Always, Annie

Posted by: annie21 | November 20, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The CBC voted 41-0 to seat Burris.

White liberals supported him because of his color.

Everyone else kept quiet for fear of policial correctness.

And we call Islamic terrorists fanatics and cowards! America today is the real joke.

Posted by: ram_xxx_ram | November 20, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of time - An Admonishment. This means NOTHING to this hardened Chicago idiot. Why not kick him out of the Senate? This gravy position was given to him based on his lies. It should be taken away from him based on his lies. What a weak bunch of idiots to just Admonish him. He's laughing, Obama is laughing. Gets ome guts and do what is right, kick him out of Senate.

Posted by: Meeche1 | November 20, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

emag.. our Constitution is not toilet paper, it's being treated like toilet paper by the Leftist. That's a big difference. I'm sure that's what you meant, just wanted to clarify it.

Posted by: egoetz1 | November 20, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

hang them all.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | November 20, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget to click my "indict" button:

or forget to watch my new satirical video!

Posted by: causesindcitburriscom | November 20, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

bik-mi...must be a slow day at the old law firm today seeing you have time to blog. Me?.. I'm retired so I do have the time. Anyway, all these depositions and sworn testimonies you mentioned, were they amended before or after your client was discovered to be lying under oath? Was the amended deposition & testimony taken under the same oath as the original testimony was given? If the person lied the first time, how do you know he isn't lying the second (amended) time? Can he then amend his amended testimony and so on and so on?? Where does it stop? I'll bet the law covering " do over testimony" was written by lawyers and for lawyers. Being forced or scared into telling the truth is not the same as telling the whole truth the first time you swear to do so. Burris lied, he got caught, and then he "amended" his first perjurous testimony' If it ain't illegal it damn sure should be.

Posted by: egoetz1 | November 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The whole situation surrounding Mr. Burris stinks. His attitude that he was going to force his way in regardless of what anyone said is not what we expect from a statesman that represents the people. He was also comfortable using the race card. Black has nothing to do with it, we don't need him. Hopefully he will be gone at the end of his term.

Posted by: sesit | November 20, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Race had nothing yet everything to do with him being seated. If the Senate wasn’t lily white race wouldn’t have entered the equation.

Posted by: rlj1 | November 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Illinois Senator Burris’s appointment to Obama's vacant Senate seat is a political corruption scandal that the American voters should remember.

Admonishment of Burris by the Senate is not sufficient for his type of political corruption. Take away his vote. The Democrat Party politics is more diabolical than the Republicans could ever be.

American voters need to support viable candidates and only vote for ones that are worthy of public office. Sarah Palin would be a good example.

Posted by: klausdmk | November 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm so impressed with the Senate Ethics Committee's harsh condemnation of Senator Burris for lying to the Senate. Lying is what these scumbags do, so no foul for Burris. The Congress represents all that is wrong with this country and can not be relied upon to ever do the right thing. Their only aim is to stay in office and lying is one part of the equation.

Posted by: Diogenes | November 20, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

OK! everyone listen up...I just found out why this happened. I spoke with a Liberal and here's the answer. It's all Bush's fault. There, don't we all feel better???

Posted by: egoetz1 | November 20, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Any old Bozo is ok as long as he votes the right way. Right ?

Posted by: clankie | November 20, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

What a joke and what a corrupt body this committee is. We laugh at what they do and the number of crooks on their side that should not hold any public office. They do not care; vote with us and whatever you do is okay with us. It is part of our Cash for Crooks Program.

Posted by: Mindboggle | November 20, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The intentionally deceptive leap of association of the President with Nidal Hasan makes serious political dissent impossible in this Country. Either Heartsie is terminally stupid or she is every bit as corrupt as the subject of the blog she interrupted.

As for most of the rest of you, if our Government irrespective of Party in Power, is so corrupt why do you spend so much time trying to preserve it? Get some cajones and form a better Government.

All of Congress is corrupt? They're ALL idiots? Grow up, get out of your chair , and do something positive, you snively, whiney wanna-be despots.

Posted by: ciathom | November 20, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

next year we will have an election to replace every one in congress and the senate by the way people are writing in this blog there will an election revolution.we have to get term limits otherwise these people will fester like cancer.

Posted by: SISSD1 | November 20, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Kick them all out! Send some behind bars, I need a drink.

Posted by: shhhhh | November 20, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

You folks keep complaining about how corrupt these sleeze balls are and then turnaround and vote for them again.

Posted by: hunter340 | November 20, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

There is NEVER a year where all of Congress is replaced.

Posted by: ciathom | November 20, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I think he knew when he went for the seat that as the only black Senator he would be thrown up for sacrifice. By admonishing one for what 99 senators do makes the public think that this is not the way the cookie crumbles.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 20, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I wish,People would really stop,And think! The bum you have been voteing in time after time,Even illiterate people,To blind to see what is going on,What in the hell your politition,The one you keep voteing in,Has he done for you personaly,WHAT!,Other than lie about how he,or she,Voted on anything,But point fingers,Like little children,The people in Calif.Is not smart enough or to arrogant,To see what pelosi,boxer,& the rest of the demon's,Has done to their state,They ARE BROKE!,While the QUEEN,Flys over her nazi's,OH Iam sorry,I mean her subjects,In her own goverment jet,While she,& reid,is fighting hard to let more illeagle's in to take the rest of their jobs,To stay in power,The ethic's committee,Is a first class joke,These people are something else,What would be nice would nice,Is vote regular people,No family ties,No company ties,Just honest working class,To be the head of the ethics,We would fill up our prisons fast,And have to start over,These people would not know ethics if it hit them in the butt.

Posted by: dickiesnhogheaven | November 20, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

another POC on the hill. anything new here?

Posted by: pofinpa | November 20, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

When Rezko finally testifies in the Blagovich case and reveals the extent of the corruption in Chicago his dealings with Obama on the questionable mansion purchase, the public housing scandals and the 250 thousand in contributions to Obama may be mentioned again in the local press. The MSM will no doubt ignore it.

Posted by: mharwick | November 20, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

What I would like to know is, WHEN is someone going to look in to possible wrong-doing when BARACK OBAMA obtained the seat from Rod Blagojevich? After all, if Rod was selling the seat, there is a good chance he did not just begin doing so AFTER Obama vacated it; so, when is someone going to have the intestinal fortitude to see if Mr.Obama may have made illegal contributions in getting the seat for himself? If he had, then he is technically illegally in possession of the Presidency. Now THAT would be a story worth making the headlines!

Posted by: BigBob1963 | November 21, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

It's time for all the Houses in our countries Government to be cleaned and EMPTIED out!!!!!
The politicians in Illinois should be first to be voted out!!!!! What an embarrassment to our State.
Our Politicians are some unethical, narcissistic, self serving Individuals. They have embarrassed the State of Illinois ENOUGH!!!!!! I have tried to write several times to Senator Durbin.. Receiving a generic response in return. He makes choices in the senate without even once considering what the people in Illinois want.(The people of Illinois are not only the people of Chicago) It's time to open our eyes and give someone else a shot in our Senate. As far as I'm concerned they (BURRIS and Durbin) are an embarrassment. Time is up when you represent the people and only think of yourself!!! Come on Illinois.....I need you all to back me up!!! WE Need Change!!!!!
Quit voting those back in that have only helped in the disintegration of our State and Country.
We can do better...I am Pleading for the next generation of younger Politicians that still have a conscience..... To STEP up to the PLATE!!! Give us a choice in the next up coming elections...We are READY for CHANGE! If you care what the people want .....then please take a chance and trust the people.... We Want To Believe that Change, Truth, Ethics, Morals, and honest men and women can still have a chance. I no longer want to be considered the state of "Corruption." I'm sure many more in Illinois will back this up.
I want to be Proud once again of what our State can be.... All that is needed is someone with courage and economical support (since running for office is for the wealthy) to trust in our people.... Run on the ticket of "For the People" instead of the under the table ticket of "Corruption of politicians" and WE WILL SUPPORT YOU!!! WE in ILLINOIS......Have seen the light... Time to clean up our state and then Washington is next..... Look out...We have truth on our side..

Posted by: Intuition1010 | November 21, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Stop hating on people and get a life. It doesn't make a difference who is in the senate or any other position in Congress, its still going to be the same old **** happening. I know you all have better things to do. If any of you think you can make America better, then run for office yourself and stop hating. LOL

Posted by: lovingit | November 24, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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