A transcript of a secretly recorded phone call between the brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Roland Burris was released in federal court today, a call in which Burris, then seeking the Senate seat, was recorded offering the Blagojevich campaign a campaign check.
“I know I could give him a check,” Burris said. “Myself.”
But in the same call, Burris tells Robert Blagojevich he is concerned he and Rod Blagojevich will “catch hell.”
“And if I do get appointed that means I bought it,” Burris said.
“And, and God knows number one, I, I wanna help Rod,” Burris says later in the call. “Number two, I also wanna, you know, hope I get a consideration to get that appointment.”
Burris was recorded saying the timing would be crucial to how the fundraising would be perceived.
“And however that goes, ah, it would dictate, ah, you know how the press treats it,” he said.
“Understand,” Rob Blagojevich answered.
“‘Cause man, I, I will be, you know we both would be profiled,” Burris continued. “And we don’t need that.”
Welcome to the big leagues, “Senator” Burris.
I’ve not read any reax from the likes of the powers that be in the Senate, like Harry Reid – not sure if they’ve even gone on record yet since the release of the transcript. Remember – once upon a time they were all about “taking a stand” against the idea of a corruptocrat like Blago appointing anyone to the US Senate. That “stand” abruptly stopped once race-baiting Democrats like Rep. Bobby Rush started playing the race card. Then, Burris and the Senate bigwigs reached “an agreement” – because the last thing the Dems wanted was to be accused of racism so soon after the first black President – who also happens to be a Democrat – was elected.
Nevertheless, the Senate Ethics Committee began an “investigation” into Burris’ claims – probably not intending on finding anything that would damage his reputation. Until the transcripts of one of his three calls to Rob Blago were released.
So now … what to do? Me? I’m grabbin’ the popcorn.