February 17th, 2009
10:01 PM ET

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Roland Burris, resign

Chicago Tribune editorial board

The benefit of the doubt had already been stretched thin and taut by the time Roland Burris offered his third version of the events leading to his appointment to the U.S. Senate. It finally snapped like a rubber band, popping him on that long Pinocchio nose of his, when he came out with version four.

Let’s see if we have it right: Burris had zero contact with any of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s cronies about his interest in the Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama— unless you count that conversation with former chief of staff Lon Monk, and, on further reflection, the ones with insiders John Harris, Doug Scofield and John Wyma and, oh yeah, the governor’s brother and fund-raising chief, Robert Blagojevich. But Burris didn’t raise a single dollar for the now ex-governor as a result of those contacts because that could be construed as a quid pro quo and besides, everyone he asked refused to donate.

The story gets worse with every telling.

Enough. Roland Burris must resign.


Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Raw Politics
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Kevin Austin

    Who cares?????? The country have bigger problems!!!

    February 18, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  2. Michael C. McHugh

    He must have been desperate to be a Senator to have accepted that nomination from Rod Blagojevich. Maybe he just wanted to be Senator for a day, but it was bound to come back to haunt him in some way.. It is possible that he will turn out to be another Harry Truman, a very honest guy who just got into the Senate thanks to a very corrupt Kansas City machine. Time will tell....

    February 18, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  3. Carolyn White

    It's no secret that most of us who voted for President Obama wanted to see the government jerked away from the secrecy, dishonesty, and general lawless tactics of recent office holders. We voted to make a statement on the dismal state of "stinky" politics, be it republican or democrat. Roland Burris and his ever changing "truthful accountings" of his rise to his senate seat is one of the "stinkiest" of all and an embarassment to American voters. One would hope Burris is honorable and decent enough to resign from the senate in the wake of this pathetic scrambling. If not, he should be removed without delay.

    February 18, 2009 at 2:05 am |
  4. Mary

    Did he contribute any money to Anyone? When he answered the question in court about contacts, his answer was Yes, and then he went on to disgust Mr. Monk in more detail. Was he obligated to go into more detail on every contact at that time? Was he ask in court at that time to clarify each name that had been mention? Play back the tapes and the answer will be their. You don't get to decide on the way you think he should of answer the questions, oh how much he should be saying, when he anwer yes, maybe all those folks were as he said his Friends. Maybe he should have pleaded the fifth like some other folks I saw reasonly in a Court. What say ye! So why is that you say he must Resign? Does changing his stories no matter what version, does that make them Lies?

    February 18, 2009 at 1:58 am |
  5. Kaila Kruger

    Roland Burris must resign.
    Also all the CEO'S that has caused their Corporations to go under
    need to have their accounts froze and loose their property's.Come on
    they caused the problems they should be put in jail. We lost our jobs
    because the Ceo's are greedy. We lost our union and our jobs.
    Our government allowed these greedy ceo's to get by with this. Why?
    Why haven't these ceo's been forced to resign?
    How can the government give them money when they will continue to do what they have been doing. They will not give the money to the american people, they will continue with their greed and the money will not be put back into the our country, the only ones who will do that is the middle class working people. We lost everything thanks to the greed of the ceo's. They were legally allowed to steal from the Corporations they worked for. What a shame. We were middle class and now we are on rock bottom,thanks to the greed of the ceo's . They should be paid our wages. They should have to live the way they have made us live. We pray our new president can stop the greed and fire the ceo's that have caused this mess
    Pray for our nation.

    February 18, 2009 at 1:50 am |
  6. lorraine

    i think he should sick it out they are just trying to give him a hard time and if he can take this can he handle the senate

    February 18, 2009 at 1:27 am |
  7. Mauri

    This is beyond belief, and at this this point, no other consideration for Roland Burris than to resign from the Senate and go home. What was this man thinking when he continued to tell the powers that be that he had no involvement whatsoever with Blagojoevich and his demand concerning pay for play. There is absolutely no future for Mr. Burris except to put all this behind him and go home.

    February 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    Chicago may think Burris needs to resign but I don't think Burris will agree or resign. This story just goes on and on.

    February 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |