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Re: How Troubled Are They?

Well, here is the latest from Sen. Roland Burris:

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor’s brother at the same time he was making a pitch to be appointed to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.

Burris’ latest comments in Peoria Monday night were the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojevich. Previously Burris has left the impression that he always balked at the issue of raising money for the governor because of his interest in the Senate appointment.

So the one concern for the Senate before seating Burris was to make sure there was no financial quid pro quo between Blago and Burris. He testified under oath that there was none and that he had no contact with Blago’s oepratives. Now we know there was. And the Senate isn’t moving to expel him immediately because. .  . because why?

Yes, they are on vacation having worked so hard for a full month. But when everyone gets back perhaps the Senate Republicans might start raising one heck of a fuss about this. Let Harry Reid and the Democrats explain why Burris should be sitting there with full voting privileges. And Russ Feingold, by the way, has about the best evidence he’ll ever gather in support of his Constitutional amendment to require vacant Senate seats to be filled by special elections.


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