Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Improves Reputation of Congress by Entering Plea Bargain Talks

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) won re-election to Congress while cooling his jets in rehab. Now that the election is over, he can get back to the people's business, reports CBS News:

Just days after winning a handy reelection to his Chicago-area district, 17-year Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., has entered negotiations for a plea deal that would include his resignation from Congress and likely jail time.

Jackson, Jr., the son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and husband to Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, has not yet pleaded guilty to alleged misuse of campaign funds to decorate his house and purchase a $40,000 Rolex watch for a female friend. But CBS Chicago reports the congressman's lawyer, white-collar criminal defense attorney Dan Webb, is negotiating with the federal government a plea bargain that will likely be reached by year's end. 

Whole thing here.

Such selfless behavior will doubtless help Congress' approval rating soar even higher than the whopping 21 percent it was in October, when it bounced back from a historic low of 10 percent in August. Surely the national legislature - which has failed to produce a budget in years and has refused to insist on its constitutional role in warmaking for decades - is the greatest beneficiary of America's willingness to grade on a curve.

Hat Tip: Real Clear Politics

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  • SugarFree||

    and purchase a $40,000 Rolex watch for a female friend

    Cue the flood of shirtless twitpics. [barf]

  • Brutus||

    Word is a felony conviction might reduce his margin of victory to 85-15 in the 2014 election.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Nah. A rap sheet just gives you street cred.

  • ||

    Them homeboys got JJJ's back.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    alleged misuse of campaign funds to decorate his house and purchase a $40,000 Rolex watch for a female friend.

    I ain't playa hatin'

  • Ted S.||

    Who hates beaches, and why are you speaking Spanglish?

  • Rich||

    I just had to find out what a $40,000 Rolex looks like. Maybe JJJ will sneak one into prison, if you catch my drift.

  • sarcasmic||

    "The way your dad looked at it, this watch was your birthright. He'd be damned if any slopes gonna put their greasy yellow hands on his boy's birthright, so he hid it, in the one place he knew he could hide something: his ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then when he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass for two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you."

  • ||

    Pulp Fiction is best Fiction.

  • ||

    I have it on good authority that during his delusions of grandeur, that alleged "mis-handled" campaign fund was really re-directed to an inner-city production of I, Claudius, and was derailed when JJJr employed method acting to the extreme. Hence the rumours of him running about kommando-like Roman centurion complete with the laurel leaves and nude soliloquies.

  • ||

    But he's the son of a great civil rights ultra-uber-hero from the greatest city in the greatest county in the greatest state in the history of political subdivisions in the great history of this great world. Stop making fun of him or I'll charge you with hatemongering in the first degree.

    /Gawker.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Why are so many so prone to cult of personality delusions? He will either rob everyone in his district blind or completely ignore them. Willful ignorance. The mind boggles.

  • John||

    He will do some time and be back in Congress or the Illinois state house before you know it.

  • Lewisite||

    Sadly, I suspect you are right, the Marion Berry effect. He has obviously been set up by 'The Man'(tm), but will bounce back stronger than ever.

    Perhaps he just need a better role model...
    [\sarc off]

  • Spartacus||

    Only people who actually pay taxes or make campaign contributions get upset about how they are spent. He will be re-elected easily.

  • Invisible Finger||

    like the cynicism, but even Gus Savage and Mel Reynolds never made comebacks. He'll be gone too long and the replacement crook will be too entrenched to dump easily.

  • John||

    Those guys were not Jesse Jackson's son.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    It could easily end up Sandy Jackson in the seat.

  • PapayaSF||

    Maybe, but I suspect she didn't know about that Rolex which went to a "female friend," so cooperation in that marriage might be a bit lacking.

  • zandooo||

    lol He needs to go crawl back into that crack in the floor he emerged from lol

    www.Privacy-Guyz.tk

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    CBS Chicago reports the congressman's lawyer, white-collar criminal defense attorney Dan Webb

    RACIST!!!!

  • fish||

    I'm glad someone said it!

  • Romulus Augustus||

    Even if he's too much to stomach for Chicago voters when he gets out, he can move to Philly where he can win 19,600 to zero in certain election districst.

  • some guy||

    Can we make an amendment that says if your district/state elects a criminal to office, then your district/state does NOT get to hold a special election to replace said criminal? You just have to go without representation for a while so you can think about what you did.

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