Report: Burris won't resign, but won't run again

The embattled senator from Illinois will reportedly try to weather this latest storm, but won't seek election in 2010.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 24, 2009 3:55PM (EST)

The Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet, one of the most wired political reporters out there, has a scoop on Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), who's meeting with his state's senior senator, Dick Durbin, Tuesday.

Sweet reports that, during his meeting with Durbin, Burris will be "sending, directly or indirectly (maybe this is it) two messages: he will not resign in the wake of the controversy surrounding his appointment by the ousted Gov. Blagojevich and he will not run for the seat in 2010. Burris has finally realized that not seeking election next year is the least price he will pay."

Burris has been in hot water lately because of his shifting stories regarding his contacts with aides to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, as well as his attempt to raise money for Blagojevich. He's currently under investigation by a local prosecutor as well as by the Senate Ethics Committee.

Update: A spokesman for Burris is denying the report.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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