Posted by: trickyguy | February 21, 2009

Dirty Illinois Politics, Round II

Awhile back I blogged on the firestorm related to Mr. Burris’ appointment by then-Gov. Blagojevich.  That blog was in response to my favorite (sarcasm intended) CNN Politics reporter Ruben Navarrette’s absurd notion that somehow if we question this appointment, we are racists.

That blog is at

My point in that blog was that scrutiny and criticism of that appointment was warranted.  Further, I wrote that no matter Mr. Burris’ qualifications, the circumstances of his appointment would always put a cloud over him.

Well, today Illinois governor Pat Quinn called on Burris to resign, noting the “cloud over his head”.  For political bloggers it doesn’t get much better in the “I told you so” category.  And, folks, there’s more than a cloud.

Burris is being actively investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee.  And, the state’s attorney in Sangamon County, Illinois is considering filing perjury charges against him.  All of this is based on the revelation that, after denying anything of the sort, Burris is alleged to have spoken with Blagojevich’s brother about fund raising.

In fact, Burris sought to amend the testimony he gave at the governor’s impeachment trial, acknowledging that it was “incomplete” in this respect.  This is dirty, really dirty.  This is exactly what you’d expect from someone associated with the impeached governor.  This is entirely contrary to everything a US Senator should be.

If the facts prove that Burris did indeed lie, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  He should be removed from the senate and put into jail where he belongs.  Let Mr. Burris and Mr. Blagojevich share a cell, they have so much in common.


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