Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Nail In The Coffin For Burris

The future for Senator Roland Burris is already grim and the odds of him running for election next year are negligible. Still, he isn't ready to resign yet and until he does every speck of dirt on him needs to be cast out into the bright sunshine. The latest news isn't just a speck either, it's more like a bucket of mud in the form of a political patronage job from ex-Gov. Blagojevich to Burris' son. And it should go without saying that there's a heaping load of irony to go on top of that mud.

From The Chicago Sun-Times:

The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Blagojevich's administration hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state's housing authority Sept. 10 -- about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Housing Development Authority indicated Wednesday there was nothing improper about Burris II's employment by the agency, whose mission includes overseeing mortgage programs for low-income home buyers and anti-foreclosure initiatives.
The spokeswoman may be cool with his employment there, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say the voters might disagree with that statement. I would hope that if I had problems with the housing authority, that the lawyers working there could at least manage to keep their own house in order.

Of course, even that does compare to the fact that he got the job thanks to his father's connection to the governor. This weaves the two politicians even closer together, painting Burris as a corrupt liar, not that he wasn't one before though.