Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Beset by Difficulties, But Election Day Isn’t One

Mark Guarino, Christian Science Monitor, November 2, 2012

When residents of the Second Congressional District in Illinois vote Tuesday, polls show, they are likely to choose a candidate who may continue to be absent from his post due to poor health or because he may soon be embroiled in a federal trial for fraud. Or both.

Both scenarios appear possible for US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the incumbent Democrat who has held his House seat for 17 years and is seeking reelection amid speculation that he may not be in a position to serve.

The US Constitution lets Congress decide whether a representative who can no longer serve should stay or go. No members of Mr. Jackson’s party have called for his ouster from the ticket, and so far none has suggested that he vacate his seat if elected. Democrats are eager to keep the House seat in the party, and Jackson’s name recognition has been a proven fundraiser, the Chicago Sun-Times has reported.

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Clouds first appeared over the younger Jackson through his connection with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year federal prison term for wrongdoing related to a pay-for-play scheme involving President Obama’s former US Senate seat. A House Ethics panel is investigating whether Jackson tried to bribe Mr. Blagojevich to get appointed to the seat, or at least tried to engage in the process through an emissary. Jackson denies the allegations.

News reports also say Jackson is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for improperly using campaign funds to decorate his Washington home. According to the Chicago Tribune, a Washington area furniture store operator has acknowledged cooperation with federal authorities, and authorities say an indictment is imminent.

Jackson is also reported to have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental-health problem, and he has not reported to work since early June. He currently resides at the Mayo Clinic in RochesterMinn., and his family has put its $2.5 million townhouse in Washington on the market. In late October, Jackson sent an 85-second robocall to constituents to ask for their patience, telling them that “a return to work on your behalf” is “against medical advice.”

Jackson’s reelection seems all but assured. According to an Oct. 21 poll by We Ask America, a polling operation in Springfield, Ill., 58 percent of likely voters in his district, which represents parts of Chicago and south suburban Cook and Will Counties, say they plan to vote for Jackson. That’s twice as many who say they will vote for his closest competitor, Republican Brian Woodworth, who received 27 percent. {snip}

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Peterson/100003526607299 Jesse Peterson

    Congoids would vote for a corpse if it had a “D” by its name….and hated YT.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D7BX764AFX7YRN57CDP7IRUMNE Darryl

    They could have a video of obama killing and eating a person on live tv, and he would still get 100% of the black vote.

    • JuneSondra

      Their rationale for this is  “he be one of us.”

    • Sloppo

      I think that’s unrealistic.  I believe televised Obama cannibalism would probably knock that percentage to something just below 95%.

  • Xerxes22

    Does anyone know what is the real story on Jesse Jackson Jr?  Did he try to commit suicide or was his down low life style in danger of being exposed? What was the real reason for his alleged breakdown?

  • Ed_NY

    Another example of black ignorance.

  • JackKrak

    Jackson could send each of his constituents a box of dog sh*t shaped like a middle finger and still get 90% of the vote.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMIG34TVH4XVC2JUJZQBVSEY6Y Dan

      Don’t expect much from the population in Illinois. The lefty democrats have run this state into the ground and they continue to get re-elected.

  • JuneSondra

    Jackson reminds me of Earl Hilliard who used to represent the 7th District of Alabama. He could have been videotaped standing on a street corner in downtown Birmingham smoking a crack pipe while molesting a child and the blacks would have still voted for him.

    • JuneSondra

      Hilliard was also making illegal secret trips to Libya that were paid for by Gaddaffi. When confronted by the press he replied they were racist since he was going to Africa to meet with another “black African.”

      Of course he got a pass on this and was reelected. Can you imagine what would happen if a Republican had made a secret trip to South Africa when whites were in control?

      I wonder where JJ is? Could  he be in Iran or North Korea collecting a few dollars and hanging out with some of the local women?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Jackson’s reelection seems all but assured.

    These are the same kind of voters in gerrymandered districts that keep electing the likes of Jackson Jr., Sheila Jackson Lee and Kerosine Maxine into power.

    Not too long ago, corruption, indications of criminality and insanity were political death knells. By hiding out at the Mayo Clinic, Jackson Jr. got to avoid debates, the high cost of a campaign, news reporters asking questions, harsh criticism, indictment, FBI investigators. Today these kinds of things give “cred” and enhance democrats’ resumes as they sail to victory.

    Whatever happens, Jackson Jr. is on 0bama’s pardon list for January.

    Bon

  • jack ryan

    Jessie Jr. is my Congressman, as I’ve been gerrymandered in to the Illinois 2nd Congressional District. The fact that Jessie Jr. is too exhausted to go to work and vote is a good thing and I don’t know what’s the big fuss, as his father Jessie Jackson Sr. has never done an honest day’s work in his entire life.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SB5IHUN22NOZIECDW6UNDHHZEQ Donald McBane

    JJ jr’s bipolar diagnosis was disclosed by Mayo and treated by the major media as gospel.  And yet, under HIPAA  disclosure of his medical condition, if any, should be priviledged. So why isn’t it? According to the press release by Mayo, “Congressman Jackson has asked Mayo Clinic to distribute this information on his behalf.” One might guess that after he no longer has to face any questions by an opposing candidate he’ll be back to Congress. And if the U.S. Attorney’s office really wanted to indict him, Fitzgerald shouldn’t have leaked the wiretaps on Rowdy Rod to their bagman at the Tribune.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Deux/1540915347 Jean Deux

    JJ jr.’s opponent is white, so the only issue that counts in that race is skin color.  It seems the only one’s who don’t know we are in an “us against them” battle are Whites, or if they do they chose to fight for the other side.