At least, that’s what Carleton Bryant is reporting in the Washington Times (italics in original):
The Illinois senator plans to stay in office through the end of his term in January 2011. The Sun-Times reports that Burris can’t raise enough money for a re-election campaign, having raised only $20,000 so far.
Burris is expected to formally announce his plans Friday.
Um, I don’t mean to nitpick, but technically Burris can’t run for re-election to the Senate since he wasn’t elected to it in the first place. However, he could run for reappointment. Not likely though. Kind of a long shot, don’t you know.
I think Burris may have underestimated the amount of money it takes to run a campaign. After all, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich only asked for $1,500 for the seat.
If he’s having trouble with fundraising, Burris should tap some of his Illinois contacts — or is that the problem?
Burris might have a problem with name recognition. Too many voters in Illinois recognize his.
Andrew Malcolm adds that Burris will be stepping down “Purely his own choice, of course. And all for the better of his state”…