The drama and lies continue:
SPRINGFIELD — Beleaguered U.S. Sen. Roland Burris added another layer Wednesday to the evolving story of his appointment, saying he was only trying to “placate” then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother to keep his Senate prospects alive knowing no campaign money would ever change hands.
The latest detail came as Burris spent the opening of a two-day Downstate tour offering his explanation of what was on covert recordings made by federal agents investigating Blagojevich in November. Burris said the transcript shows that he was not involved in “pay to play” because he told Robert Blagojevich, the former governor’s brother, that if he donated and got the Senate appointment, “that means I bought it.”
But the transcript also shows Burris discussing various ways that he might join in fundraising events hosted by others or contribute money through Burris’ law partner and current lawyer, Timothy Wright. On Wednesday, Burris said those discussions were an attempt to deceive Robert Blagojevich to keep himself in the mix for a Senate appointment and that no donations were ever forthcoming.
“I’m wrestling with, how do I help the governor? How do I not offend the governor’s brother, you know, because he could take it back to the governor and say, ‘You know, Burris …,’ ” the senator told reporters in Champaign of what he called his false promises of fundraising help to Robert Blagojevich.
This guy is becoming a bigger embarassment by the day for the state of Illinois. I wonder how the party leaders in the Senate are contemplating handling all this? Would they dare oust him, knowing the inevitable cries of “racism” that will ensue? Remember, if he’s kicked out of the Senate, the Democrat Governor of Illinois will get to replace him – but that seat is up for grabs next year. So if Burris is ousted from Congress sooner than later, chances are the Dems could hold on to that seat – considering the short attention spans of most voters, who would by that point probably have moved on from the scandal. However, the longer it takes for the Dems to figure out what to do about him, the better chances become for a GOP pick up next year.
Of course, anything’s possible, considering that the corruption of the Dem party in Illinois has certainly not stopped them from winning elections before. Hey -they don’t call it the “Chicago Way” for nothin’.