Key Figure in Burris Scandal Dies in Suspicious Car Crash

Police are unsure why political consultant John Ruff's car went off the road...


John Ruff, a political consultant connected to both Sen. Roland Burris and former governor Rod Blagojevich, died in a single-car automobile accident Monday afternoon.

According to the Associated Press, alcohol was not a factor and authorities are not sure why his BMW swerved off the road and struck a tree.

Connected to both men through work on health care issues, Ruff noted to the Chicago Sun-Times in March that pay-for-play may have been involved in Burris' senate appointment and further investigation into how he got the job should be done.