Jesse Jackson Jr. Subject of Blago-Related Ethics Probe

Jesse Jackson Jr. (aka Senate Candidate A) may have thought that his press conference, during which he adamantly denied any wrongdoing vis a vis accusations that he negotiated with Rod Blagojevich for Barack Obama's Senate seat, put the issue to rest.

It so did not.

An independent panel that reviews possible ethical lapses by members of the House of Representatives has launched a preliminary review of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s efforts to be appointed to the U.S. Senate by ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a published report.

The Office of Congressional Ethics voted in late March for the review, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in a story posted Tuesday on its Web site, citing documents released to parties involved in the inquiry.

The committee has asked for documents, e-mails and other correspondence from Blagojevich's gubernatorial and campaign staff regarding Jackson, Jackson's brother Jonathan and his campaign staff, the Sun-Times reported, citing lawyers close to the probe. It requested information from June through December 2008.

The specifics of the accusations levied against Jackson Jr. involve an alleged deal that Blagojevich thought was in place.

From CLTV:

Federal prosecutors say former Governor Rod Blagojevich believed he would get $1.5 million in campaign money if he appointed Jackson to the Senate seat.

Jackson has denied that any such deal was in place.

If Jackson's admission that he was indeed Senate Candidate A weren't enough to essentially disqualify him from running for the Senate seat, this should put the nail in that coffin.

Tags: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Rod Blagojevich (all tags)

Comments

13 Comments

I hope

this does more than keep him from running for senate.  I hope it costs him his congressional seat.  It couldn't happen to a bigger schmucky race-baiting jerk.

by Teacher1956 2009-04-08 04:31AM | 0 recs
so you have no knowledge of jesse jr, eh???

feel free to point out any potential candidate who would run against him.  the ignorance in your comment is staggering...
by bored now 2009-04-08 05:01AM | 0 recs
what a stupid comment and attack

I don't care who runs, I hope he gets indicted and DOESN'T run.  He is a creep and an opportunist of the worst kind.  I believe the investigation is warranted and that he is guilty of trying to buy that senate seat.  Whether or not the investigation will prove that is all that is up in the air for me.

by Teacher1956 2009-04-08 05:29AM | 0 recs
i see, you're just being emotional...

since your comment doesn't conform to any reality that can be judged objective, we'll just leave it at that.  you don't like jesse jackson.  you don't appear to have any good reason for this, but still.

nothing else needs to be said...

by bored now 2009-04-08 05:35AM | 0 recs
CYA

"A federal criminal complaint alleges that the ex-governor told his brother in a recorded call to meet with Nayak, referred to as "Individual D," to ask about giving money up front for Jackson's appointment. The next day the ex-governor told his own brother to "undo that [Nayak] thing" after reports surfaced that the feds could be recording conversations, according to the criminal complaint against Blagojevich."

by Teacher1956 2009-04-08 04:33AM | 0 recs
Teachy religiously follows the PUMA handbook

1. Permanently live in the past, always fight all battles as if it was May of 2008. There is no future, no past, only the primary, the key event in the history of the Universe.

2. Always make your highest priority holding a blood feud grudge against all who did Our Gal wrong in the primary, they are the evil of all evil.

3. Rinse, Lather, Repeat.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-08 07:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Jesse Jackson Jr.

First off... the man's name is Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Not Jesse Jackson.

Junior as in he is not his father.  I'll concede that J.J. Jr's father has had some fairly controversial moments in his career and has been a very polarizing figure at times.

But aside from the fact that his father is Jesse Jackson, what leads you to level this kinda racist rant that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is a "race-baiting jerk"?

Do you know anything about Jesse Jackson, Jr., the young Congressman from Chicago?  Aside from who his father is?

Or are you, like so many others, automatically assuming that he must be a carbon copy of his father and holding some of his father's more outrageous statements against him without knowing a damn thing about the Congressman you are slandering?

Do you have any idea how hard Rep. Jackson has worked to distance himself from many of the polarizing elements of his father's style of identity politics?

As for his guilt or innocence in this affair, I don't know.  If he is in fact guilty of trying to buy that Senate seat, of course he shouldn't be elected to it next year.

And while I think Roland Burris is a bit of a clueless self-seeking dolt, I think if, or more likely when, he departs from the U.S. Senate that it will be a very sad thing indeed if in 2011 we have a U.S. Senate without a single African-American member.  In 2011.  When we've been able to elect a black man president, and yet can have nothing remotely looking like an accurate racial cross section of America in our highest legislative body.

I'm not talking about 50 black U.S. Senators, because African-Americans don't make up 50% of the U.S population.  But I don't know... would it kill us to have 5 or 10 black U.S. Senators at the same time?  Or hell, even 2 or 3?  Out of 100?

by Obamaphile 2009-04-08 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Jesse Jackson Jr.

Sorry, in case my last post was unclear, it was directed at Teacher1956, not the diarist.

by Obamaphile 2009-04-08 07:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Jesse Jackson Jr.

Look, I'll just make one comment, because I also feel it is high time people moved past the primaries (but that works both ways).  Hypothetically, if someone is working really, really hard to distance themselves from accusations of identity politics and race-baiting, they probably shouldn't go on national TV and say "Hillary didn't cry over Katrina."  Now, that's my one comment, and it has come to an end.

by Steve M 2009-04-08 08:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Jesse Jackson Jr. Subject of Blago-Related Eth

Before I jump into this pie fight. I think I'll let the ethics panel do their job. If Jesse Jackson Jr. is found to have been unethical then he deserves what ever he gets. However, until such time there is no there there.

by jsfox 2009-04-08 08:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Jesse Jackson Jr.

Which is exactly how it should be...

by Obamaphile 2009-04-08 08:17AM | 0 recs
Ethics Probe

With Alexi Giannoulias raising $1 Million in a month and nobody knowing he was even in the race, I expect you'll see a lot of potential candidates clear the field, Jackson included.

by Vox Populi 2009-04-08 08:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Jesse Jackson Jr. Subject of Blago-Related Eth

Just another sleazy politician getting what they deserve. Let's hope they prosecute.

by JasonMoreland 2009-04-08 08:34AM | 0 recs

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