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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."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 3, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
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Burris will likely fake a 'campaign' for the Senate seat just to get some free money. He's never paid off the $1.2 million dollar 'loan' (loose definition of the word) from a past political campaign, so what's the difference if he has a few extra dollars he won't pay back either?

He's just in it for the money.

Posted by: momof20yo | March 3, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I believe it was Harry Truman who said, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Roland Burris is an astute politician who did the right thing by standing his ground. I thought that Illinois Democrats had completely lost their minds when they called for a special election in the midst of the controversy. There was a high probability that the Democrats would have lost the senate seat if they had persisted with that foolishness. The election will be held in 2010. Like the old story about teaching a horse to sing, a lot can happen in a year. I am sure that everyone is jockeying for position, and potential candidates will need to evaluate the overall situation starting early next year.

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | March 5, 2009 2:12 AM | Report abuse

The key player at the Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan firm is Timothy Wright III--see my post at the Chicago Daily Observer for the details:,2979

Fred Lebed and Roland Burris ran a lobbying firm together, doing much business with the blagojevich administration and, as I also wrote, fred Lebed was on the board of the Chicago Christian Industrial League which gave Mrs. Rod Blagojevich a $100,000 a year job. (After her husband's arrest she was fired.)
See my huff post on this:

Posted by: Felsenthal | March 5, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

This guy is untruthful and a bum, he should resign, NOW.

Posted by: citigreg | March 5, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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