Jesse Jackson pleading guilty good for constituents, Jackson used congressional health insurance to his advantage, Illegal spending of campaign contributions, Obama corruption buddy
“BLAGOJEVICH Um, didn’t know quite what to make of my request. Uh, Barack rea-, really wants to get away from Illinois politics.”
“P. BLAGOJEVICH (Speaking in background) I think he wouldn’t want to resign until he knows that, you know… BLAGOJEVICH Till he knows I’ll do Valerie Jarrett.”
“BLAGOJEVICH He wants to get out of Chicago politics. Okay. That’s their way of saying Rezko.”… Blagojevich wiretap
“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich
“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren
From the Daily Illini February 18, 2013.
“Pleading guilty is the last good thing Jackson Jr. can do for his constitutents (sic)”
“All things considered, it could be worse for Jesse Jackson Jr.
On Friday, the former Chicago congressman was charged with a number of counts centering around his illegal spending of campaign contributions, which totaled $750,000. With the money he bought a $43,000 Rolex watch, fur coats and a fedora once owned by Michael Jackson. He and his wife, Sandi, also found creative ways to spend campaign contributions to pay down personal debts and fund vacations. Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman, has already pled guilty to falsifying tax returns for the couple, and multiple sources report that Jackson will also plead guilty, most likely in a plea bargain.
And for the voters of Illinois, especially Jackson’s congressional district, that’s the best news possible at a time like this.
No one wants to turn on the 6 o’clock news night after night to see yet another Illinois politician grasping at straws to defend himself for months on end. Jackson is doing the right thing by trying to wrap up a trial before it begins, not taking up valuable federal court resources, just to end up debating the nuances of just how guilty he is in one instance over another.
This admission of guilt comes at the end of a long saga of cat-and-mouse games between federal investigators and Jackson. In 2008, Jackson reportedly involved himself in a bid for President Barack Obama’s Senate seat, the attempted sale of which indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is currently serving prison time. Though Jackson was never charged in that case, it was a hit to his public reputation.
Last summer, Jackson disappeared from public view, his office later issuing a statement that Jackson was being treated for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.”
“The people of Illinois deserve better. When he went “into hiding” in the summer, Jackson chose to use his Congressional health insurance to his advantage, having an extensive stay in a top-rated hospital. He had another chance to come clean after his treatment but chose to continue on the campaign trail with little effort, garnering even more campaign contributions along the way. Jackson completely neglected the people of his district — a population that legitimately needs attention with respect to policy — and instead used his post for his own political gain. ”
Another Obama corruption tie, using the people of the state of Illinois for his own personal gain.