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May 27, 2009


Burris Worried About "Buying" Senate Seat

"A month before his appointment to the U.S. Senate, Roland Burris agonized with the brother of then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich about how to raise campaign cash for the governor without creating the perception he was buying his way into Congress," the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to federal audio tapes of their conversation, Burris "said he would make a personal donation but worried that both he and the governor could eventually 'catch hell' for any campaign help Burris gave as he lobbied for Blagojevich to choose him."

Said Burris: "And if I do get appointed, that means I bought it."

"The transcript provides a behind-the-scenes portrayal of the give-and-take world of Illinois politics. During the conversation, a restless Burris makes a hard pitch for the greatest job of his political career while Robert Blagojevich politely pushes back to try to get fundraising cash from a longtime supporter. In the end, little is agreed upon."














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