Usually I wouldn’t celebrate a Democratic Senator declining to seek re-election, but when it’s the ethically-questionable crony of Rod Blagojevich then it’s welcome news:
Sen. Roland Burris, whose deep ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seemed to doom his Senate tenure from the start, will not run for a full Senate term in 2010. The move increases Democrats’ chances of holding on to the former Senate seat of President Barack Obama.
Burris has begun informing fellow Democrats about his decision and is expected to make an announcement on Friday, a Democratic official and a friend of Burris’ told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because Burris has yet to discuss his decision publicly.
Senate Democrats had long made clear they had little tolerance for a full bid from Burris. Other Illinois Democrats have also lined up for a chance to run for the full term.
First-term Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Christopher Kennedy, a Chicago businessman and son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, and Chicago Urban League president Cheryle Jackson are all considering wading in.
Thankfully, Roland Burris has a bit more common sense than his corrupt benefactor and realizes that he has no hope of holding on to that Senate seat. In all honesty, he never should have held it in the first place, but this is an acceptable compromise–Burris can finish out Barack Obama’s term and then step aside and let the people of Illinois choose their next Senator.