03/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Burris Reportedly 'Open' To Ethics Investigation

Well, isn't this fancy! Back when he was appointed by Illinois' cowboy-poet hair-farmer Rod Blagojevich to the Senate, ol' Roland Burris could brook no delay in getting seated. His gigantic Mausoleum of Accomplishment wasn't going to carve itself, after all! And so, Harry Reid was pressed, amid allegations that he had some historic problems with African-Americans, and finally relented. I remember distinctly that was the week the media was depicting Blago as some sort of political genius, in between long periods of time when he was instead depicted as a monster or a mental defective.


U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor's brother at the same time he was making a pitch to be appointed to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama, Clout Street reports.

Burris' latest comments in Peoria Monday night were the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojegich. Previously Burris has left the impression that he always balked at the issue of raising money for the governor because of his interest in the Senate appointment.

And so, Burris now says that "he is open to a Senate ethics investigation into how he got the Senate seat from ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich." That's so big of him! Hopefully someone will provide Bobby Rush with all assurances that one cannot be lynched as a result of a Senate ethics investigation!

Anyway, this is my favorite part of Burris and his new openness:

Burris said, "I welcome the opportunity to go before any and all investigative bodies...to answer questions they have."

"There was never any inappropriate (contact) between me and anyone else," Burris said. "And I will answer any and all questions to get that point across and keep my faith with the people of Illinois."

Burris declined to answer questions.

Emphasis mine, because GAH.