Chicago Politics

“Roland Burris?” I thought he was dead!

When I first heard the news [on December 30, 2008] that our recently arrested Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, had appointed Roland Burris as Illinois’ next U.S. senator, my first thought was, “I thought Burris was dead.”

No, the word “dead” wasn’t intended to symbolize a lack of meaningful political activity on Burris’ part - I actually thought he was deceased.

(By the way, in the event you weren’t aware of now ex-Governor Blagojevich’s escapades, Rod was initially charged in a criminal complaint with mail and wire fraud conspiracy and acts of public corruption.  One of his most audacious acts was his alleged attempt to sell [the appointment to] the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by then-President-elect Barack Obama.)

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