Embattled Senator Roland Burris Says He Will Not Run

Embattled Illinois Sen. Roland Burris says he won't run for a full term next year because of the burden of raising money to pay for a campaign.

Burris is scheduled to make his official announcement Friday afternoon at a Chicago hotel. An advance copy of excerpts of his speech was obtained by The Associated Press.

In the speech excerpts, Burris says he had to choose between raising money or doing the people's business.

Burris is the country's only black senator. He was appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the seat vacated by President Barack Obama. The Democrat's tenure has been dogged by scandal, including his changing statements about whether he offered to raise money for Blagojevich.

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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:31 PM
    A Democrat who will not seek another term because it is to hard to raise money? You mean it didn't have anything to do with all the scandals he was involved in??? He can't even leave office without lying!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    Good. It wouldn't bother me if Illinois decided to boycott the Senate and not send any Senators or that racist clown Bobby Rush.

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