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Departing Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), who must give up his seat on Monday when Republican Sen.-elect Mark Kirk is sworn in, would not mind being the next mayor of Chicago -- as would about 20 other folks who have filed to run.

Burris allowed his backers to file nominating petitions on Monday, the last day possible to qualify for the Feb. 22 mayoral primary. Other notable candidates include former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former Democratic Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), attorney Gery Chico, state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) and Rob Halpin, the man Emanuel rented his home to when he moved to Washington last year. Halpin's refusal to break the lease he has with Emanuel figures into the residency challenge against Emanuel that is expected to be filed on Wednesday.

Burris leaves the Senate following Kirk's victory to fill what is left of President Obama's original Senate term. Burris
is not an active candidate for mayor; he has no campaign, no staff, and no money. Burris already owes $630,000 to lawyers who helped him in his battle to get seated in the Senate and fight ethics charges. Burris accepted an appointment from Rod Blagojevich, the impeached governor who was convicted of lying to federal agents and is awaiting trial next year, accused among other charges of trying to sell Obama's seat.

When I talked to Burris on Nov. 10 about a mayoral run, the Senate's only African-American member told me, "I am not going to be out there running with three or four black candidates; I'm not doing that."

Moseley Braun, Davis and Meeks are African-Americans. Burris is probably putting his name out there in the unlikely event the other African-American candidates decide not to run. But Burris would find it very difficult to find any substantive political support in a mayoral race.

If no one wins a majority on Feb. 22, the top two vote-getters head into an April 5 runoff.

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Roland Burris took a ride on the taxpayer gravy train for far too long. He was never a threat, but certainly never an asset. Dick Durbin is the dangerous one coming out of Illinois, and voters best beware the quiet ones. Check out how his wealth has grown on the backs of the taxpayer, and how others in his family, including his wife, take advantage of the political nepotism in Illinois. High time Illinois voters start cleaning out this nest of corruption. Keep them dumb, keep them poor, keep those government checks coming, and make sure the busses roll out on election day...........that is the way it works in Illinois.

November 24 2010 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh yes, the famous Chicago politics. Didn't think R.E. would consider the job as it would be beneath him!!!!! Burris' time is up, he should stay home and enjoy his family. His Florida family is troubled and could use a course in communication, living with good neighbors, and child rearing. You have no idea!!!!

November 24 2010 at 10:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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