ABC News: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is “Senate Candidate 5”

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

ABC News reports from a law enforcement source that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is “Senate Candidate Five,” the one who was, according to Gov. Blagojevich, willing to supply campaign cash in exchange for President-elect Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.

I hope this isn’t true. I had high hopes for the young Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

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16 Responses to ABC News: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is “Senate Candidate 5”

  1. Hadrian says:

    This makes no sense.

    Rep. Jackson was the presumptive front runner to fill Obama’s vacated senate seat before Obama won the primary?

  2. Walk on Socks says:

    It’s a classic Chicago-style shakedown.

    If Jackson hadn’t ponied up the coin, Blagojevich would have passed over Jackson and appointed someone else to fill Obama’s seat.

    Too bad Jackson let himself get caught up in this mess. He should have gone to the media and talked.

  3. JollyRoger says:

    Christ. Looks like Rod is gonna bag him a few careers on his way down.

    But if this is true, Jackson deserves whatever he gets. Who would be stupid-blind enough to work with such a blatantly sleazy guy?

  4. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Is there anyone in Illinois politics with clean hands?

    I’ll tell you this. Blago is a punk and if he goes down he will name names. He knows who the players are and where the bodies are buried.

    Obama had better be cleaner than a nun’s pussy or we could find ourselves in a Constitutional crisis.

  5. feminazi says:

    Obama has called for Gov. Blagojevich’s resignation. I think he’s trying to distance himself from this creep and as quickly as possible. Already the rightwing media is trying to link him to Blagojevich.

  6. Raymondo99025 says:

    Something doesn’t pass the smell test here. Rep. Jesse Jackson was the heir apparent to Obama’s seat all along. Plus, Jackson isn’t wealthy — he’s a Congressman. What did Gov. Blagojevich think he would get from him? All I know is, the Feds weren’t in any hurry to go public with their investigation until Gov. Blagojevich instructed city agencies to stop doing business with Bank of America. The timing in more than a little curious.

  7. MacDaddy says:

    I find it hard to believe that Jessie Jackson Jr. is #5 precisely because he was the heir apparent to Obama’s seat. He could have easily waited. And I don’t think he has that kind of money anyway.

  8. Kristin says:

    As the world turns….

  9. kellybelle says:

    I think it cd be true. The Jacksons are all about the power.

  10. ChiTOM says:

    Hey Raymondo99025,

    You’re not alone in wondering about the timing of the Feds decision to come forward when they did.

    The investigation into Blagojevich’s alleged improprieties is at least 2 years old. Why arrest him now — just 5 weeks before Obama is sworn in?

    His arrest came only 24 hours after Blagojevich announced that he has suspended all state dealings with Bank of America until the bank reissues credit to the Chicago based company Republic Windows & Doors, a factory which had to lay off 250 workers.

    I am not saying Blagojevich is a good guy — far from it but what better way to send a powerful message that if an elected official opposes Bank of America — the largest bank in the world, there will be a price to pay.

  11. woyoyo says:

    This entire matter is getting stranger and more complicated by the minute. I knew nothing about ties to BofA before reading some of the comments here. If this is really a case about corporate America engaging in punishing the governor, then we’re in serious trouble as a nation.

  12. Raymondo99025 & ChiTOM –

    You guys really have me thinking about the timing of the Feds decision to arrest Gov. Blagojevich.

    Some people characterize Bank of America as so powerful that it’s really more akin to a shadow government.

    Great comments everyone!

  13. JollyRoger says:

    I doubt that the BooFooA thing is more than a fluke of timing. Rod has been under a looking glass for a long time, and I don’t see Fitzgerald participating in a political game like this. One of Chimpy’s ideological hacks, Pat Fitzgerald isn’t.

  14. libhomo says:

    The timing of this seems really fishy to me too.

  15. Conejo1982 says:

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., today said “I am not a target of the investigation.”

    Then, he said, “I am still interested in the vacated senate seat.”

    So, it’s business as usual in Chi-Town.

    I wonder if it might be prudent if everyone just waited to see if the Illinois legislature plans to amend the state’s constitution to make such appoints the purview of the elected body and not a governor?

  16. macdaddy says:

    Now that i ‘ve had some time to think about it , the governor’s word caught on tape with respect to candidate 5 sounds more like him talking about a plan, rather than saying candidate fine. “Okay,” he’s saying, “i’ll get Jackson to put 500 ,000. Then, i’ll use that 500 ,000 to raise it to 1 million.

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