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    Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns From Congress

    Rep. Jesse Jackson resigned from Congress Wednesday, saying in a letter that he is cooperating in a federal investigation "into my activities" but blaming his health problems for his decision to step down just two weeks after his re-election.
    Jackson's letter to House Speaker John Boehner was his first acknowledgment of the ongoing corruption probe into his alleged misuse of campaign dollars.

    "I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone," Jackson said in the two page letter dated Nov. 21. "None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right."

    The congressman could not be reached.
    Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign: Brother - chicagotribune.com

    He waited until after the election to resign in order to make it more likely a Democrat would be elected (in a special election) to replace him. In the meantime, Gov. Quinn appoints a temporary.

    He's been on medical leave since June. Also being investigated by the FBI for using campaign money for his home remodeling. And a congressional ethics investigation.
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    Re: Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns From Congress

    He's probably doing the best thing. He shouldn't have even run for re-election, IMO. I think it's rather disingenuous to ask people to re-elect you, and then not even take it.

    I'm still mad at the Mayor of Minneapolis who filed to run for Governor before officially starting his new term.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    He's probably doing the best thing. He shouldn't have even run for re-election, IMO. I think it's rather disingenuous to ask people to re-elect you, and then not even take it.

    I'm still mad at the Mayor of Minneapolis who filed to run for Governor before officially starting his new term.
    I agree that he probably should NOT have ran - unless something drastic has changed since he filed.
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    Re: Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns From Congress

    He is doing the right thing here. This is the right thing. I wish he would of left before the election but at least he is doing the right thing now.


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    Does this mean another Illinois political position is available to the highest bidder?
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    It's a good tactical move on his part, but trying to use the "poor me and my heath" victim card is, I suspect, what he'll be remembered for.

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    Re: Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns From Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    It's a good tactical move on his part, but trying to use the "poor me and my heath" victim card is, I suspect, what he'll be remembered for.

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    So, he leaves after the election in hopes that it secures the seat for a Dem amid his ethics violations? He deserves no honor and good riddance to him.
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    Re: Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns From Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    So, he leaves after the election in hopes that it secures the seat for a Dem amid his ethics violations? He deserves no honor and good riddance to him.
    My thoughts exactly. Had he withdrawn before the election, a Republican would have won. All carefully crafted.
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    Lol @Conservatives saying that a seat which hasn't been held by a Republican in 59 years would suddenly switch over to them under the right circumstances. That's like a Democrat believing that Louisiana would suddenly become a blue state.
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