Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: All Ashore from the S.S. Burris

Saturday, February 21, 2009

All Ashore from the S.S. Burris

It's just getting worse and worse for Roland Burris. His chief of staff (on loan from Harry Reid) resigned and returned to Reid's staff on Friday, a day after his press aide bailed. New Illinois governor Pat Quinn called on him to resign, as did state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (who's also understood to be interested for running for the position next year). Even the White House got into the act, with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggesting that Burris take advantage of the weekend to consider his future. He also relayed Obama's support of a Burris investigation.

So does this mean that we'll see Burris head back to private life in Chicago? Burris has never struck me as the type to give an inch that he doesn't have to. If he has any leeway at all, he's not going to give up his Senate seat. So where does that leave him (and us)? Is it possible for a voter recall of an appointed official?


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