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February 17, 2009

Burris' self-inflicted wounds

Sen. Roland Burris' prospects for winning election in 2010 — if he runs — are looking dimmer by the day.

Per Politico's Andy Barr:

In another damaging drib-drab admission, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) acknowledged Monday that he did, in fact, try to raise money for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) at the request of the governor’s brother — and that he did so while trying to get Blagojevich to appoint him to Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

In remarks to reporters in Peoria Monday night — posted by the Chicago Tribune Tuesday — Burris reiterated his admission that Blagojevich’s brother, Rob, had asked him about fundraising for the governor shortly before Obama was elected president.

According to Burris, the governor’s brother told him: “We need to raise some funds. We hope that you could probably get some of your friends together.”

To which Burris said he responded: “What type of money we looking for?”

Burris said the governor’s brother asked if he could raise something in the range of $10,000 to $15,000. Burris said he replied: “I don’t know, but I can’t do it now because we are in the midst of an election. Call me after the election.”

And this doesn't help his future political prospects, either.