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Monday, February 23, 2009

The quiet junior senator from Illinois

After a tornadic beating in the press last week, it's almost as if Roland Burris has gone underground this week.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris left his Chicago home without speaking to reporters for a second day this weekend, even as the calls for his resignation continue to mount.
Burris would say only “good morning” to the reporters asking questions outside his South Side home Sunday before he hopped into a waiting vehicle.
Burris spokesman Jim O’Connor has said the senator has only private events scheduled this weekend. (AP: Burris stays silent.)

You know what they say, don't say or do anything - stupid or otherwise - and they won't have anything to write about. Like:

A list of lobbying clients that U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has given state legislators doesn’t match records kept by the Illinois secretary of state’s office, the Cook County clerk or the Chicago Board of Ethics, all of which register lobbyists and keep track of their clients. (SJ-R: Burris’ list of clients doesn't match records.)

Did he think no one would check?

I think he thinks he can just quietly go about his business and no one will notice. And if no one notices, then all the people calling for his resignation will quiet down, too. But, there's still the matter of the Sangamon County States' Attorney's investigation of whether or not he committed perjury, and the U.S. Senate's investigation simmering under the quiet surface.

Posted by Marie at February 23, 2009 6:36 PM

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