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March 02, 2009

Bobby Rush is back

Bobby Rush is at it again.

The South Side congressman who helped fend off Democratic attempts to prevent Roland Burris from being seated in the Senate with inflammatory racial rhetoric, is defending his colleague once more.

Rush is accusing Democrats calling on Burris to resign -- led by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin --of a double-standard, arguing that Ted Kennedy didn't resign from the Senate after the Chappaquiddick scandal in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

"He hasn't done anything that's indictable," said Rep. Bobby Rush, who added that many politicians calling for Burris to resign have "stalking horses" ready for test-runs for his seat.

Burris' backers said other senators involved in far more unseemly conduct have not been asked to resign. Rush, who also is a minister, apparently referred to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) when he spoke of a politician who "drove off a bridge. People died."

In a reference to Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), Rush mentioned "a senator accused of misconduct in a men's room."