The Washington Times - May 27, 2009, 09:05AM

An FBI surveillance tape shows Roland Burris offering the brother of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich a personal check to be considered for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

During his conversation with Robert Blagojevich, Burris wrestles with the idea of giving the governor $1,500 for the appointment, saying it might look bad if it were made public.


“If I do get appointed that means I bought it,” Burris says. “If I don’t get appointed then my people who I’m trying to raise money from are gonna look at me, yeah, what, what’s that all about Roland.”

Burris did not go through the offer, but Blagojevich appointed him anyway. The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating the matter.

Oh, thank goodness that Blagojevich is back in the news.  It was getting so dull without him.

A personal check?  That’s a rookie mistake.  This is why politics and prostitution are cash-only enterprises — no paper trail.

Something about this sounds fishy.  Blagojevich wanted $1,500 for the Senate appointment?  Sounds a bit pricy for Rod.

If Burris is smart, he’ll say it was a “consultant fee.”