Roland Burris Gearing Up For 2010 Senate Race?
Looks like embattled and defiant Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) is already plotting his 2010 Senate race.
Burris, who refuses to step down despite many calls for his resignation, has launched this campaign Web site.
The "Roland W. Burris for U.S. Senate" site includes a brief biography of Burris but makes no mention of the drama surrounding his questionable appointment to the Senate by impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich .
The "accomplishments" section is conspicuously blank, as are the "endorsements" and "legislation" tabs.
Curiously, the contact number listed for the 2010 Burris campaign turns out to be the Chicago law firm Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan, where Burris was "of counsel" to the firm until he was appointed to the Senate.
A young woman named Brittany who answered the phone at the firm told us, "Our information is listed on the Web site in error." But she went on to say she would pass along our information to the "new treasurer" of Burris's campaign, who she declined to identity.
A Burris aide tells the Sleuth the new treasurer of Burris's possible 2010 campaign is Chicagoan Raymond Davis. The ex-treasurer -- yes, Burris is already on his second treasurer for a campaign that may or may not exist -- is Fred Lebed, says the Burris aide. Lebed and Burris owned a consulting firm together.
Apparently the Burris campaign site was created as a "place holder" in case Burris decides to run. Burris spokesman Jim O'Connor tells us, "Senator Burris has made no determination with regard to the 2010 race."
And no, O'Connor says, Burris has no intention of resigning.
As new Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says, "Roland has made it crystal clear he won't resign, let's move on."
Burris sure sounds ready to move on. As he says on his campaign Web site: "Thank you for your support. I look forward to serving the great people of Illinois."
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