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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Racial Divide Regarding Burris - Blacks and Whites Divided ?

Well it looks like Blacks folks and whites in Chicago and in Illinois are dividing around color and race once again.Burris is now getting support from Chicago's black caucus, while others wonder why is Roland Burris still a U.S.Senator? Now, Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday called “unfortunate” a suggestion by a group of African-American aldermen that black voters may withhold support for politicians critical of embattled U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., saying he feared the return of a racial divide in the Democratic Party. This as Gov. Quinn looks into Roland Burris II's state job and the Burris' attorney warns against special election.

Roland Burris' troublesome son

The Detroit Free Press reports: Quinn’s reaction came a day after several Chicago aldermen defended Burris, saying he has not been accused of any wrongdoing, and issued a warning.

“I would just suggest to those people who seek to run in the wards of the city of Chicago where there are people of color living that they should tone it down, because some of us are taking notes,” said Alderman Freddrenna Lyle. “Those people will run at their peril.”

Burris was appointed to the seat by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich after the former governor’s December arrest on federal corruption charges for, among other things, allegedly trying to sell the appointment. Several lawmakers, including Quinn and U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., have called on Burris to resign after more revelations about Burris’ attempts to raise money for Blagojevich while lobbying his inner circle.

Quinn said he feared the controversy surrounding Burris would echo the “Council Wars” of the 1980s, when race divided the city’s Democrats.

Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., said there’s considerable support among blacks to leave Burris “alone and let him do his job.” He decried the aldermen’s comments as “divisive,” but said those calling for Burris’ resignation are “overreaching.”

The Burris defense, which continues with a rally by ministers today, comes after the senator brought on political consultant Delmarie Cobb in the midst of a controversy that threatens his political future. More HER

AAPP says: As the Racial divide widens in Burris debate, I guess replacing Senator Burris isn't as easy as some want it to be. Although the Illinois Attorney General is trying to get the ball rolling to remove Senator Burris her surprise opinion may be just that, opinion. Let's see how this plays out. But I would suggest that Dick Durbin and others not hold their breath to Senator Burris resigning anytime soon. I don't see the clock is running out for Roland Burris do you?

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