The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Roland Burris was caught on tape in a compromising position (hat tip: Marathon Pundit) offering cash to the disgraced Governor Blagojevich weeks prior to his receipt of Barack Obama's Senate seat.
In a November conversation caught on an FBI wiretap, Roland Burris promised Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother that he’d write the governor a campaign check by mid-December, Burris’ lawyer said today.
That was about seven weeks before Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to the U.S. Senate...
...Burris did not mention a promise of a check in a Feb. 4 sworn affidavit that Burris submitted to an Illinois House panel investigating Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment.
Maybe he forgot.
Illinois blogger-in-residence Marathon Pundit has the salient analysis.
Two words for you, Senator Burris: Resign now.
Five words for you, Governor Patrick Quinn: We want a special election.
Within hours of Blagojevich's December 9 arrest, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) called for a special election to decide who would be Barack Obama's successor in the Senate. But Durbin backed off his call almost immediately.
While still lieutenant governor, Patrick Quinn called for a temporary appointment by the governor--he's governor now--followed by a quick special election.
I favor Durbin's initial stand.
We want a special election!