Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Monday, 05.21.2018
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 8  9  10  11  12  13  14
 15  16  17  18  19  20  21
 22  23  24  25  26  27  28
 29  30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local

Members Of

Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Mar 02,2009
Durbin: Senate considered Burris' race
by UPI

CHICAGO - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says race was a factor when the Senate moved to seat embattled Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., the body's only African-American.

Durbin said a combative and racially tinged appearance by African-American U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., at a Dec. 30 news conference called by now-impeached Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich to announce Burris' appointment to the Senate added a racial overtone to the situation, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

"My colleague from Illinois, Congressman Bobby Rush, made strong statements along those lines," Durbin told Chicago radio station WGN. "They were painful and hurtful, and it became part of this calculation."

Even though Durbin has called for Burris to resign in the wake of revelations he failed to reveal that Blagojevich had asked him for campaign contributions, Durbin said he would still work with Burris.

Burris, meanwhile, visited a black church in Chicago Sunday, while Rush defended him to reporters, saying, "He hasn't done anything that's indictable" and accusing politicians seeking Burris' resignation of having "stalking horses" ready for test-runs for his seat, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Two Democratic politicians Monday said they are willing to run for Burris' seat if the Legislature schedules a special election: Rep. Jan Schakowsky and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, The Hill reported.

© 2009 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

735 times read

Related news
Panel rejects special election for Burris by UPI posted on Mar 06,2009

Sen. Roland Burris seeks legal fund by UPI posted on Mar 20,2009

Democrats eye Burris's seat by UPI posted on Mar 09,2009

Race becoming issue in Burris matter by UPI posted on Mar 03,2009

His shifting story by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted on Feb 23,2009

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 45 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum


Deschutes County

  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?