Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Stick a Fork in Jesse Jackson Jr.
Sept. 21, 2010 - The political career of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. may well be finished. As if all of the previous corruption allegations against him weren't enough, today we hear about new ones. The new allegations seem even more serious than the accusations of offering Rod Blagojevich money in exchange for being appointed to the U.S. Senate. Media Alert: Isaac Hayes to Hold Press Conference to Call on Jackson to tell Truth In previous allegations, Jackson was accused of merely being the beneficiary of the fundraising efforts of others. Now, federal authorities say that Jackson actually directed those efforts directly. In fact, one of the key players is now saying that he was acting on Jackson's own orders. "Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fund-raiser has told federal authorities," reports the Chicago Sun-Times. "The allegation by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak counters public statements made as recently as last week by Jackson that he never authorized any deal to attempt to buy the Senate seat." Meanwhile, the State Column reports today that Jackson's wife, Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, says the congressman wants to run for mayor. The State Column said that Mrs. Jackson was speaking at a “Put America Back To Work” jobs rally and said her husband will likely run for mayor of Chicago. Here's the deal: The federal government has Jackson squarely in its sights and will not likely back down on its investigation of what it seems to firmly believe is a trail of corruption by Jesse Jackson, Jr. The voters are watching him closely, too. Will Jackson will be arrested before the mayoral election in February next year? We don't know. Does he have any chance of becoming Chicago's next mayor? To paraphrase Joe Biden, the answer is a three-letter word: Nope. You can stick a fork in Jesse Jackson, Jr. He's done. RELATED: Fund Raiser Fingers Jackson Jr. in Blago Scheme NBC Chicago Fund-raiser Claims Congressman Jackson Tried To Buy Senate Seat MyStateline Analysis: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr's Opponent Demands His Resignation CNB Jesse Jackson Jr. Mute on Blagojevich Case but Plenty to Say About Rahm Emanuel Associated Content