Burris Launched Senate Bid in Fall Call

Former Blago aide says Burris contacted him repeatedly about appointment
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Feb 20, 2009 10:10 AM CST
In this Dec. 30, 2008, file photo Gov. Rod Blagojevich stuns everyone at a Chicago news conference by naming Roland Burris as Illinois' junior senator.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Roland Burris’s effort to get into the Senate looks more elaborate every day. John Filan, a former aide to Rod Blagojevich, now says he got a call from Burris some time in the fall, expressing interest in a Senate appointment, the Chicago Tribune reports. Burris reiterated his interest, and asked Filan to “put in a good word for me,” in a Dec. 16 meeting.

In various, increasingly revealing testimonies and affidavits, Burris disclosed contacts with a Blagojevich lawyer, a former chief of staff, the governor’s brother, and his chief of staff, but not Filan. Burris said he told “anyone who would listen that I was interested in serving Illinois in the Senate.”