Burris chief of staff quits

WASHINGTON–Embattled Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) took another blow on Friday–his chief of staff, Darrell Thompson quit.

Thompson was detailed to the Burris operation from the staff of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) in order to give Burris top notch experienced Senate help to get his office up and running. Thompson was a top staffer in President Obama’s 2004 Illinois Senate campaign.

As Burris resists calls for him to step down, Thompson pulled the plug on is short tenure.

“Three weeks ago I was temporarily detailed to serve as Chief of Staff to Senator Roland W. Burris. Though my tenure was relatively brief, I enjoyed and valued my time with Senator Burris, his entire staff and his other advisors,” Thompson said in a statement.

“As of today, my role as Interim Chief of Staff to Senator Burris will end. I will resume, in full, my duties as Senior Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”

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