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    CHICAGO One month after Roland Burris was sworn in to the U.S. Senate to represent Illinois and fill Barack Obama's vacant seat, he's hearing calls for his resignation.
    "I can't believe anything that comes out of Mr. Burris at this point," state Rep. Jim Durkin said. "I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned because I don't think the state can stand this anymore."
    Durkin and House Republican Leader Tom Cross want an investigation of Burris for possible perjury.
    Their statements come after Burris over the weekend released a Feb. 5 affidavit that he filed with the Illinois House committee investigating the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The affidavit contradicts statements he made last month in front of the committee, before being sworn in Jan. 15.
    The discrepancy could mean he perjured himself.
    On Sunday, an adamant Burris told reporters at a combative press conference in Chicago that he hadn't done anything wrong and never misled anyone.
    "I've always conducted myself with honor and integrity," said Burris, 71. "At no time did I ever make any inconsistent statement."
    Burris' office released the affidavit after its existence was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. The U.S. senator said Sunday he spoke to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and senior Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and "they understand what's going on."
    Reid spokesman Jim Manley confirmed Burris told Reid about the affidavit Friday.
    "Clearly it would have been better if Senator Burris had provided this information when he first testified," Manley said. "Senator Reid is reviewing the affidavit and will await any action by Illinois legislative leaders after they review the matter."
    Durbin spokeswoman Christina Angarola said Burris told Durbin about the affidavit on Friday, but didn't provide a copy.
    Gov. Pat Quinn, who advanced to the governor's mansion after Blagojevich was ousted over corruption allegations last month, also called on Burris to explain the contradiction.
    "My opinion is that he owes the people of Illinois a complete explanation," Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said, according to Quinn spokesman Bob Reed.
    According to the affidavit, Blagojevich's brother, Robert Blagojevich, called Burris three times once in October and twice after the November election to seek his fundraising assistance.
    The disclosure reflects a major omission from Burris' testimony in January when an Illinois House impeachment committee specifically asked if he had ever spoken to Robert Blagojevich or other aides to the now-deposed governor about the seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
    Burris explained Sunday that he never got a chance to answer a direct question about Blagojevich's brother, and submitted the Feb. 4 affidavit to clarify.
    However, transcripts of Burris' impeachment committee testimony show he had opportunities to provide a full response to Illinois legislators. In one instance, when asked directly about speaking to Robert Blagojevich and other associates of the former governor, Burris consulted with his attorney before responding.

    Robert Blagojevich's attorney has said that his client believes one of the conversations was recorded by the FBI.
    Burris said Sunday that he told Robert Blagojevich he would not raise money because it would look like he was trying to win favor from the governor for his appointment.
    "I did not donate one single dollar nor did I raise any money or promise favors of any kind to the governor," he said.
    It's not clear what action state legislators could now take against Burris, said Northwestern University law professor and former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch.
    "I'm not aware that anything quite like this has happened in any state before," she said.
    Based on federal law, the state Senate could argue that Burris was a temporary appointment, then pass a bill calling for a special election to name a permanent senator, Netsch said.
    But Quinn's hands may be tied. "I don't see anything that the current governor could do, except to ask for legislation to ask for a special election," she said. Durkin and Cross said Sunday that they think a special election would be the best course.
    Sen. Burris adamantly denies misleading Ill. House
    Burris has screwed himself. But he's just proven why people didn't want any Senator that Blago picked because they'd be tainted.

    But I don't feel bad for Burris. Because he knew that Blago picked him because of his race to put the Dems in a tight spot, and he went along with it because he wanted to be a Senator.

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    Goodbye re-election!

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    I don't think Burris would've had a shot at re-election anyway. He had that taint of Blago on him from Day One.

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    ^^Not only that he was the weakest of all the candidates who wanted Obama's seat. He had no business taking the appointment, he has made such a fool of himself.
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    ^^Plus, since he basically lied and said that he never had any contact with Blago's family including his brother Rob, and then admits that he talked to Blago's brother Rob after the fact, means he could be indicted and then forced out.

    Burris was a weak candidate for re-election from the getgo, but now he's just a lameduck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    ^^Plus, since he basically lied and said that he never had any contact with Blago's family including his brother Rob, and then admits that he talked to Blago's brother Rob after the fact, means he could be indicted and then forced out.

    Burris was a weak candidate for re-election from the getgo, but now he's just a lameduck.
    Part of this is the fault of the Ill. legislator for not booting Blago once the evidence was made public, instead of dragging their feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    Part of this is the fault of the Ill. legislator for not booting Blago once the evidence was made public, instead of dragging their feet.
    Exactly.

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