Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) needs to "hurry up" and decide whether or not he's running for reelection, onetime Burris backer and now potential Senate candidate Rep. Danny DavisDaniel (Danny) K. DavisCongressional leaders unite to fight for better future for America's children and families GOP lawmaker to offer bill to create universal charitable deduction on 'Giving Tuesday' CNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 MORE (D-Ill.) said Monday.

Davis, who is mulling a run for the Senate seat, encouraged Burris to quickly make up his mind on the embattled incumbent's intentions.

"That would play seriously in the thinking of any African American who may be interested," Davis told Chicago Public Radio. "I'm hoping that the senator will hurry up and publicly let people know whether he intends to run for election."

Burris has been under scrutiny since revealing he had discussed raising money for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) in exchange for a senatorial appointment.

Republicans are hoping that Burris will remain on the ticket, while Democrats like Davis and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias are hoping to replace Burris atop the Democratic ticket in 2010.

Listen to the audio clip of Davis's comments here.