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Say it Ain’t So: Sen. Burris Says He Sought Campaign Funds For Gov. Blago

Day by day, this gets worse. Can this guy survive all this? Very good question. With all else that’s going on, this is probably the last thing Congress needs to deal with.

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

By Rick Pearson, John Chase and Ray Long
Chicago Tribune

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor’s brother at the same time he was making a pitch to be appointed to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.
Burris’ latest comments in Peoria Monday night were the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojevich. Previously Burris has left the impression that he always balked at the issue of raising money for the governor because of his interest in the Senate appointment.
In comments to reporters after appearing at a Democratic dinner, the senator several times contradicted his latest under-oath affidavit that he quietly filed with the Illinois House impeachment panel earlier this month. That affidavit was itself an attempt to clean up his live, sworn testimony to the panel Jan. 8, when he omitted his contacts with several Blagojevich insiders.
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