Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday called "unfortunate" a suggestion by a group of African-American aldermen that black voters may withhold support for politicians critical of beleaguered U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, saying he feared the return of a racial divide in the Democratic Party.
Quinn's reaction came a day after several Chicago aldermen defended Burris, saying he has not been accused of any wrongdoing, and issued a warning.
Quinn said he feared the controversy surrounding Burris would echo the "Council Wars" of the 1980s, when race divided the city's Democrats.
Congressman Danny Davis of Chicago said there's considerable support in the black community to leave Burris "alone and let him do his job." He decried the aldermanic comments as "divisive," but said those calling for Burris' resignation are "overreaching."
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U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said Friday that many blacks don't believe Burris should resign, in part because the person who appointed him — now-ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich — hasn't been convicted of a crime.I may somewhat understand this sentiment, however, it's not that simple. Blago may not at this moment have been either convicted or even indicted of any crime, but the stigma over who appointed Burris is there. That's the heart of the matter, Burris was appointed by a man who was arrested for attempting selling that seat. Anyone who takes that appointment is getting their hands on a hot-potato.
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