Burris Product Of Chicago Machine: "No One Took Him Seriously"

04/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The New Yorker

Roland Burris still occupies temporary office space in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in a suite far from the floor of the United States Senate, so when the buzzer signalling an imminent vote interrupted his lunch the other day, he put down his plastic soupspoon, left his sandwich untouched, and hustled out into the marble hallway. "I'm not missing any votes," he said. "They'll get on me for that, too."

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