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Have Illinois Republicans Fixed Dem’s Burris Mess?

Phil Krone 25 February 2009 No Comment

Congratulations to the Republican Illinois House leadership for
solving the Democrats’ dilemma. With the latest brouhaha over Roland
Burris’ appearance under oath before the House Impeachment Committee it
would now appear that Burris will probably not run in 2010. Had they
said nothing it would have been difficult to challenge Burris in 2010
and the Kirk Dillard ticket vs. the Quinn Burris ticket would have been
formidable (that’s Mark Kirk for Governor and Kirk Dillard for U.S.
Senator).

I have read the complete testimony of Burris before the House
Committee and there is no doubt that he was deceptive and misleading,
but he never lied. The questioners deserve a failing grade for trial
technques. They should have specifically asked him, Did you talk to
Robert Blagojevich? Yes or No? etec., etc. etc. But they did not.
However, as a result of the recent commotion Mary Mitchell deserted
Burris and that must have been a telling signal to him, that he would
fare no better in a contested primary than he has in previous primary
races. Which is why he won’t run.

But what disturbs me more than the flap over Burris is the attack
on Barbara Flynn Currie who didn’t open the envelope and read the latest
Burris affidavit on the eve of a four or five day leegislative recess.
I’ve know Barbara Flynn Currie for more than 35 years. ( I believe in
full disclosure so let me say I’ve never lobbied her or had any economic
relationship. But I admire her intellect, integrity and devotion to the
public well being. It is not in her nature to be either deceptive or
dishonest. The fact that she didn’t open the letter from Burris on the
eve of a long holiday weekend is of no great moment. He had already
been seated.

If Dan Hynes, Lisa Madigan, Jan Schakowsky or Jesse Jackson,
Jr. are elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 I will be grateful to Tom
Cross for having paved the way.

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