The chorus of calls for Senator Roland Burris to step down are growing louder and adding insult to injury today his spokesman stepped down. Jason Erkes said in a written statement to CNN:
“I initially began helping the senator on a temporary basis because he is a long-term friend who I served several years when he was [Illinois] attorney general. “It is now time for me to get back to focusing on … my newly formed strategic communications business.”
Things really don’t look good for Burris. The Senate Ethics Committee has launched an investigation due to the “disclosures that Burris spoke with Rod Blagojevich’s brother about possibly raising money for the former governor,” and the Sangamon County, IL, state attorney is “also considering whether to file perjury charges against Burris.”
CQ Politics reported today that the “names of lobbying clients that Sen. Roland W. Burris declared to a state legislative panel do not match those on records he filed over the last decade with Illinois and Chicago agencies.”
Burris is defiant and insistent that he’s done “nothing wrong” and has “absolutely nothing to hide.” Those claims are not quelling the writing on the wall however that Roland Burris’ very short days in the Senate look to be numbered.
Even a group of black ministers who initially supported Burris as he fought to get the Senate job after Blago named him as Obama’s replacement, are now planning to ask for his resignation.
The Democratic party deserves better than this at this point. Roland Burris, how long before you go?
[Originally published at TaylorMarsh.com]