Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jim Durkin Had Burris Pinned to the Mat - Was it Empathy That Let Roland Up?

"The more I look at it, it looks like he perjured himself before the Illinois House of Representatives and withheld important information," said Rep. Jim Durkin, (R) Western Springs.
Durkin says the perjury investigation could potentially lead to third degree felony charges against Burris. Burris' attorney says he believes the transcripts should help vindicate Burris in all the

Now, There's a Distraction! Roland Burris was bouncing and wiggling within Jim Durkin's cradle move and Durkin was tipping Roland's tiny shoulders to the mat for a pin, back in January*.

The Ref wanted Roland Burris to be confirmed and lob President Obama's Stimulus Birdie over the sway-backed net of good government. Click my post title for more Illinois Cartoons from Tamara Holder. It seems that Blago and Obama use the same play book!

But, Roland was let up! It's not fair! Have Some Empathy!
You see Durkin is a wrestler and Burris a badmiton player.

Roland boinked for Obama. Jim Durkin continues to grapple for Illinois.

09/22/08 - campaign fund-raising document entitled “Call List” that included a list of more than 100 potential contributors. Burris' direct law office number is beside his name with a note: “Will talk after Nov. 4 election.”
11/13/08 - conversation between Rob and Burris - Burris says, “I will personally do something OK? And it will come to you before the 15th of December."
12/09/08 - Gov. Blagojevich arrested
12/30/08 - Gov. Blagojevich appoints Burris to Senate seat
01/05/08 - Senator Burris submits sworn affidavit - “Prior to the December 26, 2008 telephone call from Mr. [Sam] Adams, Jr., there was not any contact between myself or any of my representatives with Governor Blagojevich or any of his representatives regarding my appointment to the United States Senate.”
01/08/09 - Senator Burris testifies before impeachment committee
02/04/09 - Senator Burris submits amended sworn affidavit to IL House Panel - “I recall that Governor Blagojevich’s brother, Rob Blagojevich, called me three times to seek my assistance in fund-raising for Governor Blagojevich.

*“An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass” George Washington

Here in Illinois the public imagination is too often overwhelmed by the number and quality of asses in public service. Mindless trimmers and fatuous dummies flock to elected office and seek out the news media.

Most public servants are solid women and men. The best of them appear in crises and get things done.

Republican James Durkin is one such Illinois Representative. When he picked apart Roland Burris and his three attorneys during the Impeachment hearings of Rod Blagojevich, Roe Conn and his posse laughed at Durkin on WLS. 'I can not believe this guy is lawyer!'

However Durkin was the only serious challenge to Burris by any political Party's official.

Today, it appears that Jim Durkin is a the lion among the asses.

"I can't believe anything that's coming from Mr. Burris, at this point," said State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). "... I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned."

"If you have that much of a memory problem, maybe you shouldn't be in the United States Senate, on a capacity basis," added state Republican leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego.)

The comments come in the wake of the Feb. 5 amended affidavit that Burris, a Democrat, quietly sent to Impeachment Investigative Committee Chair Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago.)

In the new affidavit, Burris said that former governor Rod Blagojevich's brother, Robert Blagojevich, called him three times seeking fundraising assistance.

In addition, Burris said he spoke with three other close associates of the governor and a labor leader with ties to the Blagojevich administration about being appointed to the Senate. Burris previously acknowledged only having spoken to one such friend.

"We talked about transparency, we talked about ethics," Durkin said at the downtown Chicago news conference Sunday afternoon. "The fact is, we're getting a continuously changing story from Mr. Burris."

Durkin said he would ask the now-dormant impeachment committee to refer the matter to Sangamon County State's Atty. John Schmidt, a Republican. Durkin and Cross said that if the committee does not seek the criminal investigation, they might ask for one themselves.

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