Which is worse to have in Congress—a corrupt, nutty son of Jesse Jackson . . . or a corrupt, criminal, child molesting, former employee of Jesse Jackson and current friend of Louis Farrakhan? Criminal convict and former Congressman Melvin Reynolds is back and has announced he’s running for the Chicago Congressional seat just vacated by Jesse Jackson, Jr. {snip}

Melvin Reynolds

Reynolds was convicted and sentenced to three years in federal prison for statutory rape and he also committed and was convicted of bank fraud and corruption, but his sentence was commuted by Bill Clinton. And Reynolds has quite a “colorful” history. From my 2001 column, “How Democrats Treat Their Child Molesters”:

While he represented inner-city Chicago, Reynolds was a good friend of the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan [who showed up at one of his criminal trials to support Reynolds]. . . .

Reynolds . . . helped himself to regular illegal sexual relations with a 16-year-old “campaign worker,” Beverly T. Heard. A tape of an explicit June 6, 1994, phone conversation between Heard and Reynolds was exhibit number TR-1 in People v. Melvin Reynolds, a trial that ended in Reynolds’ conviction. Reynolds was sentenced to several years in federal prison for this and fraud and corruption convictions; his wife and three children went on welfare in Boston.

A sampling of Reynolds’ phone conversation rivals the lurid detail of Clinton’s lewd behavior in the Starr Report. Various underwear choices and sex acts are graphically described by Reynolds to his youthful female target. This includes a planned threesome with a 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl named Theresa. Awestruck with the prospect, Reynolds rhetorically asks, “Did I win the Lotto?” It’s enough to make Reynolds’ pardoner, Monica’s boyfriend, blush.

Not only was Reynolds’ sentence commuted by Clinton, but he was hired by Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH to decrease the number of young Blacks going to prison. {snip} Until Clinton’s commutation, Reynolds, like any other convicted child molester, was required to register as a sex offender in each place he lived. . . .

Just like Clinton, Reynolds never showed any form of remorse for what he did, whether it was to the girl he molested, or to Laurance Capriotti, whom Reynolds cheated, among others, out of $25,000 to earn his 1997 fraud and corruption convictions. {snip}

If the Democratic Party had any self-respect or decency, it would disavow Mel Reynolds. But that won’t happen because, after all, that would be “RAAAACIST!” And, on top of that, the country’s most respected Democrat, Bill Clinton, did set Mel Reynolds free.

{snip}

Topics: , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.