Sunday, February 15, 2009

Roland Burris - Lying Liar, Foolish Fool

Time Magazine's "Swampland" column shoots a bullet today right through the credibility of Illinois' junior US Senator Roland Burris. Oh wait, Burris did that when he (a) accepted the appointment to the seat from Rod Blagojevich and (b) lied under oath about contact with Blago prior to the appointment. Gad, this is sweet. Michael Scherer posted this at Swampland (emphasis added): First a quick recap: Burris gets appointed to the Senate by Rod Blagojevich, a self-made cartoon of political ineptness and alleged corruption. The U.S. Senate won't seat Burris until he testifies under oath that he is unblemished by the Blagojevich stain. Burris does this--under oath--knowing that any disclosure of contacts with the Blagojovich camp could jeopardize the Senate acceptance of his nomination. He submits a sworn affidavit saying "there was not any contact between myself or any of my representatives with Governor Blagojevich or any of his representatives" about the Senate seat before he was offered the job. A few days later, he testifies under oath that he did, after all, talk about the job previously with "some friends about his desire to be appointed." He is asked specifically about conversations with Blagojevich aides and associates Doug Scofield, Bob Greenleaf, Lon Monk, John Wyma and John Harris. He says he spoke with Lon Monk, a state lobbyist with ties to Blagojevich. Based on this information, he is accepted into the U.S. Senate. Last Friday [Feb. 13], the Burris story changes again--big time. FULL COLUMN... CNB RSS Feed