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Jesse Jackson Jr. Speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
Sorry, Mr. Jackson
For anyone following this story, this comes as no surprise:
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is resigning from Congress today, CBS 2 has learned.

He notified staff, supporters and some lawmakers this afternoon, citing health reasons. His resignation letter has been sent to House Speaker John Boehner.

The decision came following two weeks of mounting calls for him to come clean with voters, following revelations that former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was involved in plea bargaining with authorities who’d been investigating Jackson’s alleged misuse of campaign funds.

Jackson, of course, had also disappeared from public view earlier this year and received treatment for an unspecified medical condition that was the subject of many conflicting and sketchy reports. He never addressed the matter publicly, but still won re-election, albeit by the smallest margin of his career. Now, in addition to leaving Congress, jail time looks increasingly likely.

A special election will soon follow this announcement, though in this dark blue district, the Democratic primary is the only race that matters. Some possible candidates include: ex-Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who got trounced by Jackson earlier this year in a comeback attempt; state Sen. Emil Jones III (though his father, the former State Senate president of the same name, was very unpopular); and state Sen. Toi Hutchison, who was Halvorson's old chief of staff when she served in the state Senate. Illinois' 2nd is also heavily black (and the Dem primary electorate even moreso), but if a bunch of African-American politicians were to enter the race and split the vote, that could allow Halvorson, who is white, to sneak through with a plurality.

In any event, many more names are likely to emerge from the woodwork, and as always, we'll be following future developments closely.

12:07 PM PT: Here is Jackson's letter of resignation.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM PST.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  This is saddening (12+ / 0-)

    I wish him a healthy recovery from his ailment.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:29:04 AM PST

  •  Good for him. Pray that he gets the help he (11+ / 0-)

    needs now.  

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:29:21 AM PST

  •  I wish him well for his future. (10+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:32:55 AM PST

  •  This is very sad (16+ / 0-)

    Whether the resignation is due more to ethics problems or his mental health (almost certainly it is both!), this was a bright young member of Congress with a lot of potential.  I can't imagine it has always been easy growing up as Jesse Jackson's son, constantly in the spotlight.  He's doing the right thing here in stepping aside.

  •  You should see the vicious comments (10+ / 0-)

    accompanying the article about this on Yahoo.  Some of them are flat-out racist.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:34:05 AM PST

  •  I'm not a fan of masking unethical/criminal (8+ / 0-)

    behavior with claims of mental health issues.

    Plus, he didn't know this 2 weeks ago?

    •  I think his mental health stuff is real, but ... (18+ / 0-)

      ... so is his ethics stuff.  And I agree that he shouldn't have stood for re-election.

      •  Yeah, I can't really tell where one ended and (1+ / 0-)
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        the other began.  And I'm also going to add a "me too!" as to the election.  I'm not in that household, I have absolutely no idea what was going through his head, but... if he could have given his district a fair election, they deserved one.  I mean, the fact that they sent someone seeking in-patient mental health treatment back to Congress makes me confident that they wanted a Democrat, but Massachusetts is also like Illinois in having deep-blue districts and, with many exceptions, some of the people who make it to the House from Mass are pretty horrible.  (We did a lot better with Senators, as does Illinois it seems).

        My member of the Massachusetts State Senate forgot to file her proper documents for her re-election is 2006 and had to run a "sticker campaign," what most would consider a write-in campaign but candidates give out stickers to voters so that they can place the sticker and not write the name.  I mean, really, what politician forgets to file for election?  Here she is making a fool of herself in 2008, saying that her opponent isn't a person of color because there's "white Latinos and black Latinos."  Come on, pull your foot out of your mouth, you're embarrassing yourself.

        Anyhow. His district deserved a primary.

        "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

        by auron renouille on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 05:01:46 PM PST

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    •  What troubles me (17+ / 0-)

      is that by waiting until after the election, his successor will be chosen and not elected.  Here in Chicago we need a deeper bench, and we need a more accountable Democratic party, and we need less machine decisions and nepotism.

      And we need zero tolerance for corruption.  If he was skimming $40,000 for personal use, and if he got sucked into Blagojevich's game, and if any of these allegations are true, well good riddance.  I personally have less tolerance for Democratic corruption than Republican, because the Republicans are in it for themselves, and Democrats are supposed to be better.  If he's guilty, then screw him.  

      Makes me sad though, because in the past I've lobbied him on immigration legislation when he first went to Congress and he was responsive, on the people's side on issues, and a pretty good Congressman.  Shame to see him flush that down the toilet... but living in Chicago I just have no tolerance for corruption and want to see it vigorously rooted out.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:47:05 AM PST

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      •  I may be ignorant (1+ / 0-)
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        about selecting his successor... maybe there will be a primary. I hope so.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:48:04 AM PST

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      •  Power corrupts (3+ / 0-)
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        Perhaps there's nothing to this particular case, though it would appear there might indeedbe.

        In the larger picture, power does corrupt.  I think it's best not to try and cover for those who succumb to its seduction.  Not just in the cases of flat-out corruption, but also when there gets to be too much self-interest, when they lose track of being on the right side of issues.

        For a local example in NM: Bill Richardson didn't get a cabinet appointment because of too much corruption investigation activity underway.  I don't know the particulars of that case, but I do know that on local issues in NM, he always came down on the side with the most money, tended to claim credit for himself when he might have been better off spreading credit around.  I don't mind that his "public service" career is likely over now.

        On the other hand, one needs to be careful about not letting perfectly good people (Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones) get damaged by false accusations.  So one needs be cautious, too, and not too quick to judge.

        "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!", but "That's funny..." (Isaac Asimov)

        by Land of Enchantment on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:00:23 PM PST

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      •  LMAO, in Chicago? (2+ / 0-)
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        ...zero tolerance for corruption.
        LOL

        Even a move like this has corruption written all over it.

        •  Not so funny. (2+ / 0-)
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          The problem is that the folks who can't tolerate it don't have any say about the people who thrive on it.

          There actually was an honest politician in Chicago once.
          OK, sure, he was lost and needed directions out of town, but he was there.

          I've seen it on the internet.
          It must be true.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:26:23 PM PST

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        •  You're right, Kev (6+ / 0-)

          But you know, we can hope.  This is just way too fine a city not to start developing a better calibre of elected official.  

          I've often thought that Barack Obama was both smart and lucky to have come up and reached escape velocity before he could get pulled into the muck.  Various sleazy scumbags were circling him, for sure.  

          The more I think about it, though, the sadder I feel for Jesse Jackson Jr.  If he's corrupt, he should be out.  But there were times when I thought really highly of him - he's a smart guy, charismatic, and even though his election had a bit of nepotism to it, it's sad to see his family legacy start to end.  Everyone and every dynasty has its time.  For the Jackson's, that time is past. Neither father nor son are that relevant anymore, but they have a place in history and they pushed things forward, and I feel bad at the way this is ending.

          “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

          by ivorybill on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:30:17 PM PST

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          •  Hyde Park (3+ / 0-)
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            is the reason that Obama tended to be corruption free even while he was here.

            You're right about jesse, though.

            The thing is, he could have won that Senate seat all to his own even if Blagojevich decided not to appoint him.

            He had the same type of appeal-even to white folks-that Obama has...prior to Blago.

            The only thing really standing in his way, up until the Blagojevich problems was his name. A different last name, and JJ could have reached the Oval Office, himself.

            •  When I first met him (4+ / 0-)
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              I was expecting not to like him, frankly.  I thought he owed his position to his father (which is partially true).  When I came away from that meeting, and subsequent ones, I remember thinking that he knew a whole lot about an area of policy that was a little out of his normal interest (immigration law), that even if his name helped him, his skills and talent and intellect were the real deal.  I remember thinking that he was a man I could support for the senate, and it felt terrible when he got implicated in that whole Blagojevich nonsense.  I'm still far from sure that JJJ was actually guilty of anything, but Blago was so toxic anyone connected to him picked up the stink.

              “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

              by ivorybill on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:53:19 PM PST

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              •  And on the Blago business, it looks like it was... (1+ / 0-)
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                ... people who purported to speak for JJ Jr., not JJ himself, who were pressing the issue with Blago. Face it, politicians and office holders - like sports and film/TV celebrities - are surrounded by hangers-on who aspire to nothing better than to produce success for their hero by bringing done deals to their doors.

                Is it naive to think Jesse didn't know about those activities "on his behalf?" Possibly, but not necessarily. Jesse's a smart guy and an adept politician. I'm willing to believe that he didn't know, and that he wasn't being disingenuous in not-knowing. After all, he willingly cooperated with the Blago investigators at the time.

                I'll bet the campaign financing/spending issues arose separately from the Blago nonsense. As to those, were they alone the reason JJ Jr. resigned? Again, it was almost certainly a combination of his mental health and whatever the Feds were chasing him for. (After the Petraeus business, I ain't giving the Feds much credit for what and how they investigate.)

                It remains to be seen how venal his behavior was - measured against the realistic scale of Congressional misdeeds.

                I'm giving a good guy the benefit of doubt.

                At this stage, tarring him with blunderbuss allegations of corruption - in not resigning earlier, in allowing his campaign to continue its re-election efforts, in holding out knowing the Feds were getting aggressive - is not fair.

                FORWARD to 2014: Win back the House. Build up the Senate.

                by TRPChicago on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:01:36 PM PST

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                •  No, JJJ himself was involved (3+ / 0-)
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                  Jason Zengerle, New York Magazine:

                  But the campaign to get Jesse Jr. to the Senate also had a private side. Four days before the presidential election, Raghu Nayak, a Chicago businessman and a longtime friend and supporter of the Jacksons, approached Robert Blagojevich, the governor’s brother and chief fund-raiser, with a proposal. If Rod Blagojevich appointed Jesse Jr. to fill Obama’s Senate seat, Nayak and his friends in Chicago’s Indian community would raise $6 million for the governor’s reelection campaign.

                  Initially, the governor was not moved. As he infamously explained to an aide, unaware that the FBI had tapped his phone: “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and … I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing.” He told another aide that the thought of appointing Jackson was “repugnant” and that “I can’t believe anything he says.” But as Blagojevich repeatedly tried and failed to auction off the Senate seat—for monetary and political concessions—his opposition to Jesse Jr. seemed to soften. For weeks, Jackson had been seeking a meeting with Blagojevich, with whom he hadn’t spoken in four years, to discuss the appointment. On December 8, 2008, the governor finally granted him one.

                  For 90 minutes, the erstwhile friends, along with Blagojevich’s chief of staff, met in the governor’s Chicago office, one of the few places in Blago’s world the Feds hadn’t bugged. Jackson began the conversation with a mea culpa, apologizing to Blagojevich for not endorsing him in 2002. Then he proceeded to make the case for his appointment. He presented a binder full of polling data, newspaper endorsements, and letters of support. He also pledged that, if appointed, he would run with Blagojevich when both men were up for election in 2010. At no point, according to the subsequent sworn testimony of all three men who attended, was there any discussion of money. When the meeting was over, Blagojevich seemed impressed and told Jackson that it had been a good interview and he would soon have him back for another.

                  •  Yes. But THAT was a straight up meeting. (0+ / 0-)
                    By what's been reported, nothing is improper about that meeting or its contents. In fact, as reported:

                    (1) it looks like a model meeting of a governor with appointment powers and a guy who's presenting himself,

                    (2) it would likely have been a different kind of meeting had Jesse been aware of agents paving the way by proposing deals, and

                    (3) Blago had every reason to try to wrap JJ Jr. into his own morass after the fact (to make his own behavior look more reasonable). By the reports, he didn't.

                    The business with Nayak "and his friends" has not been alleged to be part of Jesse's own contacts with Blago & Co..

                    I didn't say his resignation wasn't based on both the illness and the Fed's pending charges. I just don't want to link the two, or try to judge the guy - or the disorder - in that manner. Bipolar disorder is tough enough to deal with, without charging that it can cause allegedly criminal behavior.

                    FORWARD to 2014: Win back the House. Build up the Senate.

                    by TRPChicago on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:03:25 AM PST

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        •  That (1+ / 0-)
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          is not fair. There was once this state senator Barry O' something - quite honest.

          Wonder what did become of him...

      •  Special election w/in 115 days (4+ / 0-)

        http://www.nationaljournal.com/...

        Jackson's District spans parts of 2 counties, and Will County already has elections scheduled within that 115 day timeframe.  David Orr (Cook County election dude) said he will coordinate with Will and to set up  the exact date for the special election so the people won't have to keep running to the polls, and cost the taxpayers extra  money.

    •  Could you provide a link which (2+ / 0-)
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      documents your claim that Jackson is faking bipolar illness to order to get away with some crime....

      •  He's under FBI investigation for using... (6+ / 0-)

        ...campaign funds for personal use.

        That's been documented.

        I don't think he's faking bipolar, but I tend to believe he's leaving office more because of the Feds than because of his illness.

        He had the illness when he ran for reelection and it certainly didn't stop him then.

        Why would it stop him now?

        He's been in treatment for it. If anything, that's getting better, not worse.

        Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

        by Bush Bites on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:58:59 AM PST

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        •  wudda cudda shudda (1+ / 0-)
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          he ran no campaign.

          it was assumed he was going to resign...

          but there are always people in the crowd are always going to be able to tell you what is going on in the head of a total stranger, and make judgments about them, when they have no idea what they are talking about.

          The man resigned.  The seat will stay with the Democrats...

          but of course....you know better than his actual constiuents what is best for them.

          If you use your head, you would know all of this had been negotiated within the Party when it became clear that Jackson was ill, and would no longer be able to serve.   But it was better to resign after the election, than make it an issue in the election.

    •  Probably thought he could beat the rap... (0+ / 0-)

      ....now I've read he's cutting some kind of plea deal.

      Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

      by Bush Bites on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:55:16 AM PST

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  •  If he were a Republican, he'd be a senator. (5+ / 0-)

    But that's why we're better on this side - when people aren't ethically where we need them to be as public officials, we move on to someone else.  We hold our people accountable - they hold themselves accountable.

    Accountability to others is exactly what's missing on the other side of the Aisle.

    Howard Dean will always be my president.

    by 4democracy on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:35:04 AM PST

    •  If only we WERE scrupulous in accountability (3+ / 0-)

      Sure, we are better than the Repubs, but that is no shining distinction.

      I would love to see Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership take a strong stance against corruption.  A Zero Tolerance policy.  Not only is it the right thing to do, but it would be a very popular policy with the voting public.  But it will mean some long-time Democratic favorites might find they are not going to get a pass any longer.

      •  By long-time Dem favourites (0+ / 0-)

        who do you have in mind?

        British guy with a big interest in US politics; -1.88, -4.05. A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says "Hey Mitt".

        by General Goose on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:08:11 PM PST

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        •  Here are a few we tolerate (1+ / 0-)
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          Antonio Villaraigosa, Maxine Waters, Gregory Meeks, Laura Richardson, Nick Rahall, Ron Dellums, Charles Rangel, John Conyers, Eddie Bernice Johnson, John F. Tierney, Sanford Bishop, Roland Burris, David Scott, James Clyburn, John Murtha, Rob Andrews, Norm Dicks.  (a few of these are not currently serving)

          Shall I name the state and local ones who keep getting elected with Party support, though evidently corrupt?  In my county alone there are plenty.

          Do you really think having these folks representing the Democratic Party is helpful, regardless of their positions of power?

          •  I'm not saying tolerating corruption is (0+ / 0-)

            good and helpful, but was just curious on who you thought would be hurt by this.

            British guy with a big interest in US politics; -1.88, -4.05. A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says "Hey Mitt".

            by General Goose on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:12:11 PM PST

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          •  Rangel is corrupt (2+ / 0-)
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            Tierney's family members are corrupt, but there's no evidence he is, is there? Don't cut too wide a swath.

            Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

            by MichaelNY on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:51:20 PM PST

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            •  Rangel is flagrantly corrupt, Tierney probably is (0+ / 0-)

              from the NY Times, Aug 9, 2012

              In comments reported by The Boston Globe last week, three nonpartisan watchdog groups said Mr. Tierney’s failure to disclose $223,000 that prosecutors have said his wife, Patrice Tierney, received from her brother Robert Eremian was cause for an ethics investigation.

              Mr. Eremian and his brother and business partner, Daniel Eremian, were accused in 2010 of running an online gambling business based in Antigua, Sports Off Shore, that illegally allowed bettors from Massachusetts and Florida to engage in unregulated sports gambling for at least 13 years, from 1997 to 2010. Daniel Eremian was convicted last year of illegal gambling, racketeering and money laundering for his role in the operation. Robert Eremian has not been tried and is a fugitive from the law, believed to be living in Antigua.

              Mr. Tierney and his wife have long denied knowing that her brothers were running an illegal business. But Mrs. Tierney managed an American bank account for Robert Eremian, acting as a co-signer while he was running the company from Antigua, and in October 2010 she pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns on his behalf, admitting to being “willfully blind” about the source of the millions of dollars in the account. Mrs. Tierney was sentenced to 30 days in prison and two years of supervised release, including five months of house arrest.

              It is that bank account that has prompted new questions about the Tierneys. At Daniel Eremian’s trial, Mrs. Tierney testified that she had used it to write herself regular checks, which she said were “gifts from my brother for helping him.” She also wrote checks to herself for reimbursements, she said.

              Bill Allison, the editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that promotes government transparency, said that even assuming the Tierneys believed the company’s earnings were legal, the payments could plausibly be viewed as earned income.  
              “It sounds like she was regularly drawing money from this account in exchange for services she rendered to the company, so that sounds like income,” Mr. Allison said. “It doesn’t sound exactly like a birthday gift.”

              Mr. Spaulding (of Common Cause) and Mr. Allison said Mr. Tierney’s 2006 vote against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which clarified prohibitions on Internet gambling and made prosecution easier, makes the possibility that he and his wife earned income from the Eremians’ business particularly troubling.

              Do you really believe that Tierney was ignorant of a bank account held by his wife that contained millions of dollars and from which she had drawn off over $200,000 for herself???  Really???

              •  How much of this was quoted? (1+ / 0-)
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                In the future, please put quotes in block quotes and don't quote so much of an article, but give a link.

                I don't know whether Congressman Tierney was ignorant or not. Some couples do divide up finances such that only the husband or only the wife pays attention to the specifics. It does seem smelly, though.

                Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                by MichaelNY on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:02:25 AM PST

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          •  Burris hasn't won a Democratic primary for ages (2+ / 0-)
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            He was Blago's choice for senator, not the party's.

            Of course the fact that Blago won the Democratic primary in 2006 is the truly damning fact about Illinois Democrats.  In 2002 there may have been some excuse for misjudging him; there was much less in 2006.

            •  Many Dems supported Burris being seated in Senate (0+ / 0-)

              The 41-member caucus Congressional Black Caucus voted unanimously to support seating Burris.  That's when Senate leaders changed their tune after steadfastly announcing Burris would not be a US Senator.

          •  Norm Dicks has never been accused of corruption (1+ / 0-)
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            and has a squeaky clean reputation in the state. I've know him for 40+ years and know how quickly he has dispatched staff who even can near unsavory behavior.

            •  Call it what you want, but it stinks to me (0+ / 0-)

              from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington report

              "As the chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Norm Dicks increased federal funding to the Puget Sound Partnership, a nonprofit group where his son, David Dicks, was executive director, from $20 million to $50 million."

              •  The increase in funding came after son resigned (1+ / 0-)
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                the CARE report is accurate in reporting that Norm Dick's son had once headed up the Puget Sound Partnership but the increase in federal funding for the agency came after his son had moved on. The increase came because of strong lobbying for the effort from Washington's governor and Tacoma's mayor.

              •  CARE report not accurate with timing (2+ / 0-)
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                The increase in federal funding which Norm Dicks secured at the urgin of Tacoma's mayor and Washington's governor, came after his son had left the post at Puget Sound Partnership.

                The tense in your quotation is wrong. Norm Dicks son was the first interim head of the partnership but had moved on to a position at the University of Washington by the time the federal funding was secured.

                David Dicks is a well-respected environmental leader in this state who does not live in his father's shadow.

                •  Thank you. The CREW's report should be corrected (1+ / 0-)
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                  Seems a very shoddy job.  I only passed along what I had read from their website, which has their report on the Most Corrupt members of Congress.  Generally I have thought they were more accurate.  In case anyone thinks they are biased against Dems, most of the Most Corrupt on the list are, in line with reality, Republicans.

                  My apologies to David and Norm Dicks for propagating this error.

        •  I'd start with Charlie Rangel. NT (1+ / 0-)
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      •  No percentage in it, frankly. (0+ / 0-)

        Public still will think "both sides do it" and we'll probably lose some powerful legislators.

        Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

        by Bush Bites on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:19:11 PM PST

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  •  Sad situation (3+ / 0-)
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    but certainly best for him and his constituents that he focuses full time on his health issues.

  •  Potential Democratic candidates in IL-2 SPECIAL (6+ / 0-)

    Three potential Democratic candidates in the IL-2 special election include State Senator Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields, Alderman Anthony Beale of Chicago, and Former U.S. Representative Deborah Halvorson of Crete. I wouldn't be surprised at all if a dozen or more candidates filed for the IL-2 Democratic primary, given that this is a Black-majority, overwhelmingly-Democratic district with a soon-to-be vacant seat.

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:36:01 AM PST

  •  'Bout Time! (5+ / 0-)

    Jackson's health issues notwithstanding (and there was plenty of gray about those), resigning was the right - if very tardy - thing to do.  The smell of small rodentia was all over the place.  The interest of the citizens and of the party - and of the Congress - must come before his personal and self-inflicted woes.

  •  Why did he run again? (6+ / 0-)

    Pure delusion and selfishness.  What kind of fool voted for him?  
    And now the near bankrupt city of Chicago will have to hold a special election, at what cost?  Selfish sleazy jerk, illness or no.

    •  I would have voted for him (4+ / 0-)

      sooner than his GOP opponent.  Still, it would have been wise for him to step down early enough to have had a primary and a good candidate for Nov 6th.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:49:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Read somewhere... (0+ / 0-)

      ...he was holding out for disability retirement/pay.

      Very dishonest.

    •  Well, maybe you could have got the leader (1+ / 0-)
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      to you want to replace Pelosi to run in his stead

      rather than the orderly process which would have allowed this seat to be filled by someone the people of this district approve of.

      He ran no campaign, the people of his district knew he was probably going to resign,  and that it was important not to allow a republican to get the seat.

      but we are charmed you are so concerned about the cost of a special election.  

      Why was it okay to run a special election for Gabby Gifford's seat and not for Jackson?  Oh, right.  

      Mental illness is different.

    •  Will Chicago or the state foot that bill? (1+ / 0-)
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      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:30:20 PM PST

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      •  California (1+ / 0-)
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        I dont know about Illinois, but in California the state foots the bill for state elections.

        For local elections, each jurisdiction foots the bill for its own election.

        If both the state and the city have an election, each would pay 1/2 of the cost for the area covered in common.

  •  FINALLY - should have done this months ago (6+ / 0-)

    He, his family and advisers have known for many months that he could not continue in office.  It was selfish and self-centered of him to hang on to his seat.  Another example of someone who feels "entitled" to his elite status.  Now his constituents can get the representation they deserve and he can focus on his medical and legal problems.  From news reports over the last months hinting of a possible "plea deal" with prosecutors, he may be getting that future medical treatment while in prison.

  •  Wonder if FoxNews will cover this? (0+ / 0-)

    Dulce bellum inexpertis [War is sweet only to those who have no experience of it].

    by Fatherflot on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:41:57 AM PST

    •  Silly me: it doesn't connect to Benghazi (4+ / 0-)

      . . . . . . Or DOES it?????????

      Dulce bellum inexpertis [War is sweet only to those who have no experience of it].

      by Fatherflot on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:43:37 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Are you kidding? (4+ / 0-)

      This is exactly the type of "Democrats are corrupt" story they love to sink their teeth into -- especially when they don't even have to put much of a veil on the racist angle.

      •  I am, sir, very much kidding (1+ / 0-)
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        The only question is will the censors get ever use of the phrase "race hustler" before it gets on the air.

        Dulce bellum inexpertis [War is sweet only to those who have no experience of it].

        by Fatherflot on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:46:06 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  It is too bad that they will invent stuff like (2+ / 0-)

          this if they have to, and stories like this just fall in their lap, and let them confirm every prejudice they and their viewers have.

          And how many times are  we going to hear "corrupt Chicago machine," as an indirect dig at the President.

          •   It won't confirm prejudices around here. (4+ / 0-)

            We have two very white former governors sitting in jail right now.  In Illinois, crooked politician trumps ethnic group every time.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:33:30 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I'm not sure you understand that (3+ / 0-)
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              when your typical conservative thinks of a "corrupt" Chicago politician, they think of a black person. It is racist. Time for you to get that.

              20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

              by ndrwmls10 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:36:42 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  I am a typical conservative and I don't think that (2+ / 0-)
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                Maybe you don't know typical conservatives as well as you think you do.

                LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                by dinotrac on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:41:36 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  Are you a President Obama hating Republican? (1+ / 0-)
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                  There is a difference, if your a conservative Democrat. Although not necessarily all the time. So lets be honest and not deny that sentiment is out there and widely held.

                  20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

                  by ndrwmls10 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:45:56 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  I don't belong to either party. (1+ / 0-)
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                    I was a Democrat 30 years ago, but that Democratic party was a very different animal.

                    I know some Obama haters, but they are not typical of the conservatives I know.

                    Unless you simply assume that disagreement = hate, in which case Obama haters probably are typical.

                    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                    by dinotrac on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:52:44 PM PST

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                •  i submit that you are (1+ / 0-)
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                  not as typical as you think you are.

                  "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

                  by AaronInSanDiego on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:54:02 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  The fact that I am on DK certainly means that (0+ / 0-)

                    I'm not typical of modern Americans.  I will grant you that much, but it has nothing to do with my political beliefs and everything to do with my conviction that enlightenment does not happen in an echo chamber.

                    The first problem, however, is this notion of a typical conservative.  If you want to eliminate most conservatives and define typical to mean only the group that meets your particular idea of what conservatives must be like, then, yeah, by definition, you're right.

                    I can, of course, do the same thing and define the typical progressive as a freedom-hating, white-male-hating, anti-religious bigot who doesn't care how many people and families he or she destroys so long as he or she is able to move carbon emissions from the US to China and pretend that progress has been made.

                    But I would bet that my typical progressive wouldn't fit very many people who consider themselves to be progressive.

                    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                    by dinotrac on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:15:44 AM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  That seems like trolling (0+ / 0-)

                      And I know you better than to think that you'd troll, so I'd call it polemical.

                      The very fact that you are on Daily Kos clearly demonstrates that you are highly atypical of conservatives, does it not?

                      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                      by MichaelNY on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:04:34 AM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Only in the sense that conservatives are Americans (1+ / 0-)
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                        too, and we don't seem to like conversing with the "other" side any more than you guys do.

                        But I don't know if there is a typical conservative any more than there is a typical progressive, and the "typical" people refer is usually a cartoon assemblage of the worst and most extreme.

                        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                        by dinotrac on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 08:33:18 AM PST

                        [ Parent ]

                        •  alright, I'll just say that (0+ / 0-)

                          I've encountered, whether personally or in the media or online, significantly more conservatives who display racist views than those who display anti-racist views. This could be because the anti-racists are less vocal, or it could be that many have views that are neither racist nor anti-racist, but I'm left with the subjective impression that most conservatives are racist. There are also racist liberals, but i don't see it as commonly.

                          "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

                          by AaronInSanDiego on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 11:12:45 AM PST

                          [ Parent ]

                        •  Point taken. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                          dinotrac

                          Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                          by MichaelNY on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 02:19:27 PM PST

                          [ Parent ]

      •  Racist angle? (2+ / 0-)
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        Be Skeptical, auron renouille

        I don't understand your comment.

        The facts in this case are bad enough to play it completely straight.  No racist angle needed.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:32:11 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I wish Jackson well... (6+ / 0-)

    As I would anyone in his situation.

    But why on earth did he run for reelection under these circumstances?

    His issues now are the same as they were a year ago.  This entire ordeal has been unfair to those who should matter the most, his constituents.

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:42:50 AM PST

  •  do you guys have these stories already (0+ / 0-)

    written and are just waiting fo r the event to happen? These stories surely come out fast and it is not just a 1 liner.

  •  I suppose all those asking (e.g., in the (3+ / 0-)

    comments above) how/why he could run for reelection under these circumstances might want to ponder why/how John Edwards could run in '08 before casting the proverbial first stone.

  •  Sad but necessary. (0+ / 0-)

    Sad because he has a lot of difficult stuff to get in order.  The health stuff is real and serious and a lot for anyone to deal with.

    Necessary because those problems prevented him from serving effectively.  Nevermind all the ethical stuff both political and personal.  Up to including potentially making a bid on Obama's Senate seat.

    He had the potential to rise above his father's checkered shadow and reach heights that his father never could.  But due to his own hubris as well as his own personal demons that will never happen.

    A lot of potential wasted.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:46:49 AM PST

  •  The difference between us and Republicans... (1+ / 0-)
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    ArkDem14

    I have no doubt that if we were to wade into the cesspool of Red State or Glenn Beck's sites we would not only be hearing about how awful all Democrats are and this is proof, but that Obama is complicit and/or will pardon him, that MSNBC will whitewash this, it's Chicago politics, etc.

    Nor do I think for a moment, that if Jackson were a conservative, that the very same sites would not be praising him to the heavens and claiming this is all a plot by Obama to make conservatives look bad. That he cannot possibly be guilty of anything. We've seen that all too often.

    The difference is, we call out the corrupt and the criminal regardless of the letter following their name. We tell the truth and report the story regardless of the subject's political affiliation.

    Our side doesn't allow the crooks to prosper, not in our name.

    And that's the difference.

    And it's a big one.

    •  Here are a few (0+ / 0-)

      Antonio Villaraigosa, Maxine Waters, Gregory Meeks, Laura Richardson, Nick Rahall, Ron Dellums, Charles Rangel, John Conyers, Eddie Bernice Johnson, John F. Tierney, James Clyburn.

      Shall I name the state and local ones that keep getting elected with Party support, though evidently corrupt?

      We are just hurting ourselves by allowing them to gt away with their behavior.  Enough.

      •  Um, Richardson and (3+ / 0-)
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        Rangel have been widely denounced by Democratic activists.

        Please inform what John Tierney's crime was? You are assigning judgment on him for something he hasn't been charged with any wrong doing on. Please, inform us what is wrong with Jame Clyburn, Nick RAhall and John Conyers as well.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 01:42:05 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Sure, by activists, but not by the Dem. leadership (3+ / 0-)
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          nimh, MichaelNY, nookular

          Jeez, Steny Hoyer contributed $5,000 to Rangel's recent successful re-election campaign.  Over a 100 House Democrats voted to change his censure to a reprimand, despite an enormous record of corrupt and unethical practices.

          Clyburn has fought ethics reform for years.  He has used federal money to benefit numerous family members

          Tierney: “Officials with three nonpartisan open-government groups said this week that the House Committee on Ethics should investigate whether US Representative John F. Tierney was ­required to publicly disclose more than $200,000 that his wife received while managing a bank account with money that came from her brother’s ­illegal gambling business.” Boston Globe.  It is highly unlikely he was not aware of what his wife was up to.

          Rahall:  His sister is a lobbyist who sells herself based on her brother's office. A number of Rahall's initiatives have been directly related to his sister's clients, including foreign governments.

          Conyers: made his Congressional  staffers (public employees) baby-sit his children, run errands and work on political campaigns while they were on the public payroll.  His wife was convicted of bribery.

          Sure, some of these may not be "crimes."  But they stink, and we should find better candidates.  Especially if the ethically challenged incumbent is over 80 years old,

          And what's up with the "Um"?  

          •  The um is in response to your (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            CF of Aus

            holier than thou attitude.

            "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

            by ArkDem14 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:00:11 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  It's a Kos affectation (0+ / 0-)

              that reeks of a superior, all knowing attitude.

              Btw, you don't consider yourself "holier"than these crooks?    But it wasn't about me, it was about the Democratic Party dumping them and finding some holier candidates.  And if you're only concerned about winning over all else, then believe me,  a visible intolerance for corruption by Democrats would be a winner across the nation.  The Repubs have many more sleazebags, but people can, and do, point to our own, many of whom still occupy privileged roles in the party, and claim we are all the same.

              •  I'm from Louisiana (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                MichaelNY

                I think a certain degree of "corruption" is harmless and comes with the business.

                "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

                by ArkDem14 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:31:04 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

      •  Richardson just lost her seat (2+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY, uclabruin18

          and some of the other people on your list haven't been in Congress for a long time.

            It wasn't even close; Laura Richardson lost to Janice Hahn by about 20% and part of the reason for that was because of her shadiness. Sometimes the voters make the right decisions...

        Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

        by Zack from the SFV on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 12:53:00 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Really? I haven't seen that. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      MichaelNY

      Sure, after there's no way to avoid it, but...

      here in Illinois, I sure as hell didn't see Democrats rising up to oust Rod Blagojevich before the feds dropped the hammer on him, and he was about as corrupt as they come.

      Ditto for Bob Torricelli in New Jersey a few years back.

      The problem isn't that people like the corruption or don't wish for clean government, it's that politics is a hardball game.  "Your" guy is somebody on your side, even if he/she isn't altogether  lovely.

      And -- I wonder how easy it is, in today's big money climate, to be sure you're completely clean even when you make a serious effort to do so.  I can't imagine many politicians want to contribute to an environment of quick and easy finger-pointing.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:40:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Halvorson could go from a district 8% black (0+ / 0-)

    ...when she represented IL-11 to a district over 60% black.

  •  I agree that there may be ten or more candidates. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Doesn't mean one candidate won't dominate. (3+ / 0-)
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      geoneb, IM, MichaelNY

      My money's on Toi Hutchinson.

      20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:04:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I am thinking someone with stronger (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        IM, MichaelNY

        City connections.  

        Toi and Halvorsen will be starting from the same base, should both consider running. Not an ideal situation. Sam Adams will raise big money from his attorney friends, but will be viewed with suspicion because of his defense of Blagojevich. Long time IL house members, like Will Davis, most certainly will be interested. Someone like James Meeks will be put forth by the black religious leaders. Finally, Toni Preckwinkle will want a "horse in this race" as will Mayor Rahm.  This is going to get interesting.

  •  The right move, albeit kind of late. (7+ / 0-)

    Mental illness is a serious thing, and I hope he gets all the right help that he needs.  But, honestly, Mr. Jackson seems to have placed his own interests (remaining in Congress) ahead of his constituents' interest (having representation) and his own health.  It's a shame that an ethics investigation is what finally motivated him.  I wish him well, but I am also happy to see him step aside.

    dissent not only welcome... but encouraged

    by newfie53523 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:51:22 AM PST

  •  I wish him the best. (0+ / 0-)

    These recent times have not been easy for him.  I most certainly hope that he gets his life together surrounded by support and love.

     It's a hard thing to step down and remove yourself from a troubling situation, but it is also a call to start over and focus on fixing things for the better.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:52:20 AM PST

  •  Sam Adams, the criminal defense attorney that (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Supavash, IM, MichaelNY

    represents many high profile defendents in Chicago has indicated he will explore a run for Jackson's seat. Most recently Sam Adams was the lead attorney for ex-Gov, current prison inmate, Blagojevich.

    Please do not confuse him with the brewmaster and patriot of the same name. Yum!

  •  I understand. (4+ / 0-)

    I am bipolar and suffer from depression as well. They are physical disorders and I personally know what a bitch it is fighting them.

  •  If JJJ had resigned in June (3+ / 0-)
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    when he first went into treatment for his health issues, the Democratic committeeman in his district would have selected his replacement.

    This way, there is a special election with primary and general.

    "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." - Hubert Humphrey

    by Hope Despite All on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:05:28 PM PST

  •  now come on.... (1+ / 0-)
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    IM

    ...the 2012 elections are finally over with and we have two Democratic members of Congress deciding, after running for and winning reelection, suddenly deciding to quit (Jackson and Donald Payne, Jr. of NJ). The timing on both of this stinks on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin. But, among the most important reasons, both of these cynically timed resignations give a lot of fodder to Republicans who want to make claims of Democratic corruption.

    Both of these seats may be very blue, but it seems to me that in both cases, if there is any semblence of a sane Republican available, they should be able to make some kind of race out of both of these, based on the blatantly cynical behavior of Democrats.

    (My best wishes go out to both men and their families...but...really...the timing here does not exactly demonstrate any degree of respect toward...the voters.)

    •  Payne hasn't resigned, nor has there been (0+ / 0-)

      any news regarding a possible resignation. There hasn't been any news on him.

      20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:41:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I have no political sympathy for this man. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Minnesota Mike

    I hope he grows to be an old man.  I hope he tells folks about his misdeeds, and why he was wrong, and why others should not follow in his footsteps. ditto to ivorybill's comment...it says it all

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:58:33 PM PST

  •  He went bat shit thinking of the potential (0+ / 0-)

    jail time that he was in for.  Also, I'm sure he is concerned about any "role" that he would play in a jail house game of football.  He may start out as a tight end, but he most like will end up a wide receiver.

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 01:04:50 PM PST

  •  Anyone think (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MichaelNY

    his wife, Sandi, an alderman, will run to replace him. She's pretty ambitious herself (when Jackson was floated as a possible successor for Obama's senate seat, she said she'd run to replace her husband). Or would the plea deal include an agreement were she wouldn't run?

    I think it would be a terrible idea. This family needs some time off and away from the spotlight. Her running would look terrible.

  •  Blago's new roommate? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  As a lifelong Chicago democrat...And politico (3+ / 0-)

    Shame on the House of Jackson for this ruse.  Political insiders in Chicago were on to this deceitful game early on. Shame.

  •  New ballgame with redistricting (1+ / 0-)
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    IM

    I grew up in Illinois 2nd in the 90's and moved to D.C. for school in 2002. The new district (as of 2012) is very different than the old district. That's why Halvorson ran, 20% of her old IL-11 district was in the new IL-2. This new district is much more white, and more Republican than before. The new district stretches from a part of Chicago's south side way down to southern Kankakee. Before the district barely extended past Cook County.

    So, while this is still a safe D seat, the electorate is different than any prior point when there was a competitive D primary. I certainly expect a bunch of Cook County Democrats to run, but I believe that if the right candidate got into the race, and got some $ support from say an EMILY's List or MoveOn or something, they could win in a splintered field.

    I work in politics and organizing in D.C. but if it looks like this race is going to go to a party insider, I'll pack up my things and go back to my hometown to make sure that doesn't happen. For a majority of his term, Jesse Jackson Jr., was a hardworking rep for the District. Would hate to see this seat become a lifetime spot for a party insider.

  •  I gave Jesse, Jr. $25 at a funder in the 90s (4+ / 0-)

    It was his first run, I was making the rounds at young professional Dem fundraisers in D.C., and I have to say he was a genuinely nice guy.  I liked him.

    Sorry to see what's become of him since.

    But life goes on for Democrats, this is not even a bump on the road.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:16:31 PM PST

  •  Is IL-2 cursed? (4+ / 0-)

    JJJ is the third successive occupant of this seat to leave the position ignominiously.

    His predecessor, Mel Reynolds, resigned before his first term was even up, a month or so after being convicted of sexually assaulting a campaign worker.

    It was hard to remember that he'd been seen as a breath of fresh air when he defeated Gus Savage, who had distinguished himself in the years prior by sexually harassing a Peace Corps volunteer on a trip to Zaire (and then calling her a traitor to the black race when she complained about it), and making thinly veiled antisemitic innuendoes about Reynolds' support after narrowly defeating him. But, at least he didn't go to jail.

    I hope the next Congressperson from that district is one they can finally be proud of,

  •  I wonder if Alan Keyes is considering a run... (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    ...in the IL-2 special election as a Republican. Cash would have to freeze over for any Republican to win this seat, so I'd expect Republicans to run a token candidate against whoever the Democratic nominee happens to be.

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:34:16 PM PST

  •  What exactly is the reason? (0+ / 0-)

    Or is that just too literal to divulge clearly and succinctly?

    Just wondering why the diary.

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