"We will probably have $1,000 for you." That was the key phrase of the soundbite that CBS' Nancy Cordes aired from Sen Roland Burris. The Illinois Democrat was reconstructing a conversation he had with the office of now-impeached Gov Rod Blagojevich before the governor appointed him to the Senate. Cordes then aired a portion of Burris' press conference two days ago in which he declared he did not "promise any favors of any kind" to the governor. Mused Cordes: "With every press conference he holds…Burris seems to be digging himself in deeper." ABC substitute anchor Diane Sawyer asked George Stephanopoulos of This Week whether this amounts to ethical jeopardy for Burris. "Very unlikely," was the answer. Political jeopardy, certainly--"he is guaranteed now a serious rival, a primary rival when he runs in 2010."
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