By Andrew Harris
Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Senator Roland Burris’s statements to Illinois lawmakers about whether he solicited political donations for former Governor Rod Blagojevich before getting named to the Senate are being reviewed by a prosecutor.
Blagojevich was removed from office for abuse of power a month after he appointed Burris, a fellow Democrat, to President Barack Obama’s former seat. State lawmakers say Burris, 71, altered his account of how he got the job, and the U.S. Senate Ethics committee today said it would conduct its own review.
“He was destined to have a difficult primary and now that is a guaranty,” said Jennifer Duffy, editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report newsletter. Burris faces an election for the seat in 2010. “The chances of him surviving it have diminished,” Duffy said.
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The senate 'ethics' review should be a breeze for Burris. Given the state of politics in IL, his re-election should be a snap.