Burris, Unsure on '10 Election Run, Faces Cash Crunch
Senator collected only $845 in first quarter
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2009 2:27 PM CDT
In this Feb. 18, 2009, file photo, Sen. Roland Burris peaks at the City Club of Chicago, Public Policy Forum in Chicago.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Roland Burris says he hasn’t decided if he’ll run for election to his Senate seat in February 2010, but an aide says he has begun fundraising efforts, the Chicago Tribune reports. The “very aggressive” push to raise money “as quickly as possible” can’t come soon enough: Burris took in only $845 in contributions for the first quarter, while racking up $111,032 in debts from unpaid consultant fees.

The question of running on his own for the Illinois seat to which he was appointed under a cloud is “not a matter of money,” Burris said, but depends on how comfortable he feels in the Senate. “The rehabilitation of his reputation” is another major factor, adviser Delmarie Cobb adds.