About the only time you hear Senator Roland Burris' name mentioned nowadays is when someone comments on how he is likely to get crushed in a primary battle, should he have the temerity to run.
Given the circumstances of Burris' rise to office, and his lackluster accomplishments, policy of ducking the media, and virtually non-existent fundraising ability, you can hardly blame the Dem opportunists from lining up to boot Burris for a chance to win the general.
So, why are the Dems are in a mad scramble to find a good clean candidate? Somehow, it seems that the Dems keep undercutting the last candidate they last put forward.
First, there was Alexi. He was supposed to be Obama's anointed son, but then there was that little matter of questionable banking relationships. Then, even worse, came the Bright Start $85 million loss and SUV-gate.
Then there was Jan. And with Jan comes her husband Bob, the convicted felon. But no, Jan says the polls say that Bob doesn't matter. OK. Keep believing that....
Then came Chris Kennedy. Quietly at first, then building momentum.... until Lisa Madigan's name surfaced once again, and stole some of that thunder. And just in the past couple days, it appears that Kennedy was involved in some quirky real estate deals in Cleveland, as noted locally by Archpundit and picked up by Greg Hinz at Crain's. I have to ask, does anyone but Chris Kennedy want Chris Kennedy?
All of this going on while Congressman Mark Kirk watches it all play out.
No official decision from Kirk yet. And no one I know in camp Kirk is talking. So, once again, any prognostications/rumors/supposed 'inside scoops' that you read about in the media are just that... we'll let you know when there is a rumor worth believing.
But you can bet he's watching all of this with great interest...