IL Sen. Roland Burris Not Running in 2010
Illinois Senator Roland Burris, who was appointed to Barack Obama’s Senate seat by impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich amid a cloud of controversy, has announced that he will not seek election to the Senate in 2010, CBS News confirms.
No updates yet on his “Support Burris” website, set up last March.
Apparently the monies didn’t pour in the way he needed after all. From Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet:
Burris’ decision, reported by my Sun-Times colleague Michael Sneed, was fueled in large part by his anemic fund-raising efforts, which will become public next week.
When we talked in May about whether he would run, Burris told me, I asked Burris about his timetable for deciding if he will run. “Lynn . . . if you don’t have money, whether or not you say you are going to run is not relevant. . . . You take away your option.”
Burris wanted to jump in the 2010 election, despite longshot odds, and made the rounds of Democratic heavies in May, but none offered him any support. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)–who suggested he resign the seat because of the circumstances surrounding his appointment by Blagojevich, tried to recruit Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to run for the Senate seat. Madigan on Wednesday said she instead will seek a third term as attorney general.
In the end, Burris sealed his own fate. He had $845 in a 2010 fund from his first quarter fund-raising and the second quarter yielded just about $20,000.
Hope he hadn’t already had “Elected in 2010” inscribed on his mauseleum…
So who do you think WILL run? Blago? Mrs. Blago? Brother Blago?
Oh, the possibilities…