First House Democrat To Call for Burris's Resignation

By Marc Ambinder

Actually, Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL) is the first member of Congress to call for the resignation of Illinois's newest senator. 

"I am deeply disappointed that Senator Burris hid the fact that he attempted to raise money for former Governor Blagojevich at the same time he was lobbying for an appointment to the U.S. Senate.

"Senator Burris' story has now evolved several times since he testified before the Illinois House Impeachment Committee in December. The only logical conclusion is that he is not being entirely straight with the people of Illinois.

"A cloud of corruption has hung over our state and its leaders for too long. The impeachment and removal of former Governor Blagojevich was a step in the right direction. But just as it looked like a new era in Illinois politics was possible, we suffer yet another setback. It is like a recurring nightmare.

"Given this latest revelation, I believe it is in the best interest of all Illinoisans that Senator Burris resigns. Our state and its citizens deserve the whole truth, not bits and pieces only when it is convenient."

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2009/02/first-house-democrat-to-call-for-burriss-resignation/660/