Dems ask Burris to step down

United States
February 24, 2009 5:30pm CST
Sen. Durbin had a meeting with Burris. During this meeting he asked Burris to resign and give up his seat due to the growing scandel surrounding his appoitment and testimony. Burris refused. The Dems are really turning up the preasure on him to resign. Il. is considering forcing him to resign. What do you think? Should he just resign and get it over with or should he stay put til he is forced out? Do you think they will force him out?
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Well, I figured he wouldn't voluntarily resign. He so insisted on getting in, he'll hold on to that seat for dear life. His political career will be over though. It's highly unlikely he'll be elected to the seat, especially without the support of his fellow democrats who are scrambling to distance themselves from him. Can they force him to resign? As much as I wish they would, I don't think there really is a way. If there is one, it won't be before they elect a new person into that seat anyway. Then he will have to surrender it, lol. Quite frankly, I used to laugh at the Italian governments. They rarely could get it together, often had to dissolve, scandal after scandal, lol, but now we have that here and it isn't that funny anymore.
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• United States
24 Feb 09
I agree. It is not funny at all.
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@uicbear (1903)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I don't think there is any way Burris is going to give up that senate seat. I considered him highly suspect from the beginning, when he accepted Blagojevich's appointment to begin with. It wouldn't matter how much I wanted that job, Blagojevich was going down and everything he did was tainted. Burris didn't care how it would appear, he just wanted in. Unfortunately, I don't think that there is a whole lot that can be done now. We will just have to put up with him in there until the next election, which, correct me if I'm wrong, is in 2 years. Then, Burris's political career is over.
• United States
25 Feb 09
I agree. His career is over. But I think if it can be proved that lied they will remove him before then.
• United States
25 Feb 09
Let's see...Blago didn't resign, but let himself get booted from office. Neither did Kwame Kilpatrick, until he was under a lot of pressure--especially under the humiliation of being booted out of office by the governor, Jennifer Granholm. Mr. Burris should go, for the good of his party. I knew from getgo that Sen. Burris's hands were not clean in the least bit. He seemed a bit arrogant, and a bit overbearing. This was not a fellow I could trust as far as I can throw him. Roland Burris is a distraction. His staying there could in fact hurt his party in the 2010 elections. Whose interests will Burris put first? Those of his party, those of his people, or those of Mr. Burris's?
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
25 Feb 09
The proper way for this to be handled is for the people in his district to initiate a recall. The senate can vote to expell him but it is a tricky issue as there would need to be evidence of a crime commited. It is ultimately the reponsability of the people of Illinois to haul him out of there.
• United States
25 Feb 09
hopefully they do it. Heck I can think of a lot of them that need recalling. It is just more the people in this country do not know that it is possible or how to do it.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
25 Feb 09
if he did something wrong then he should resign and if he doesn't then he should be forced out. but if he did nothing then he has the right to defend himself. innocent until proven guilty folks. it goes for all of us.
• United States
25 Feb 09
He lied to congress about his involvement with the now impeached gov. He did raise money for him for the seat. Or at least he tried.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Well so far his behavior is quite similar to that of Blagojevich. There was no question that moron would get impeached, yet he refused to resign for the good of the state. Now we've got Burris who has made it clear that he doesn't care about anyone but himself. He certainly doesn't care about the senate democrats who's reputation he hurts by staying there. He's just going to stay as long as he can. I'm pretty sure he'll get impeached soon for perjury. This is far more serious an example of perjury than Bill Clinton's lies.
• United States
25 Feb 09
I think his home state will end up getting rid of him. Congress should expel him but they do not have the guts.
@mscott (1924)
• United States
25 Feb 09
He is not going to quit. Personally I think the Dems have had enough messes with the whole Chicago thing and the tax scammers that they will let this go quietly away. They don't want the bad publicity of drawing this out into another big scandal that leaves them with more egg on the face.
• United States
25 Feb 09
The longer he stays in office the longer people are going to be talking about this. The sooner he is gone the better it is for the party.
@anniepa (27240)
• United States
25 Feb 09
He SHOULD resign and get it over with but I doubt that he will; of course, he could surprise us all, it wouldn't be the first time a politician has done something unpredictable. I'm really not sure what they can do to force him out if there isn't proof he's done something illegal. I understand perjury is pretty hard to prove even if we all pretty much know he's guilty of it. I sure wish they'd get the whole mess resolved as well as the Minnesota Senate race because they need to get on with the business of straightening out the mess we're in instead of fighting over who actually gets to be in the Senate! Annie
• United States
25 Feb 09
This whole election has turned into a big old mess hasn't it? Sad. I hope they get him out of there and have a special election and let hte people decide. Any word on when the Minnesota is going to be finalized?