Sen. Roland Burris revealed that, in contradiction to his sworn affidavit, he sought to raise money for Gov. Rod Blagojevich while seeking appointment to the open Illinois Senate seat. Illinois Republicans are calling for a perjury investigation and Illinois Democrats are also calling for his statements to be examined in the legal arena. Burris is already welcoming investigations by “any and all investigative bodies … to answer questions they have.”
According to Burris’ own, most recent, recollection, he was solicited by the Governor’s brother to raise some campaign cash to the tune of $10,000 or $15,000. Burris attempted to gather his friends and associates together to pool the money for Blagojevich. But, no one wanted to pony up money to the embattled Governor. In effect, Burris failed to deliver the contributions that could help him get the Senate seat.
For a guy with so many accomplishments already listed on his mausoleum, you’d think he could successfully trade campaign cash for a political appointment. This is probably one of the biggest corruption fails since Elliot Abrams accidentally lost $10 million during the Iran-Contra scandal.
Burris’ Senate career could be one of the shortest in history.