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  Durbin urges unbending Burris to resign
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Last EditedCOSDem  Feb 24, 2009 03:50pm
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News DateTuesday, February 24, 2009 09:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSenate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that he had privately urged Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) to resign from the Senate, but that Burris refused.

Speaking at a packed, cramped, quickly convened press conference following a 59-minute meeting with the embattled senator, Durbin reported on his first face-to-face meeting with Burris in 10 days, suggesting the meeting was a contentious one.

Durbin said he told Burris he was "disappointed" in Burris's recent revelations that his contacts with and fundraising for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) — while Blagojevich was considering appointing Burris to the Senate — were more extensive than he had admitted publicly.

"I told him under the circumstances that I would consider resigning, if I were in his shoes," Durbin told reporters. "He said he would not resign, and that was his conclusion ... It's now up to Sen. Burris to deal with the facts and challenges before him."
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