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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Gov. Rod Blagojevich = Jackson 5

Say it's not so. I truly hope that Jesse Jackson didn't offer any money to buy a U.S. Senate seat."

- African American Political Pundit

Photo Source: Chicago Tribune

Well according to Bob Secter and Dan Mihalopoulos at The Chicago Tribune U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) says he is "completely guiltless" in the alleged scheme to corrupt the appointment of a new U.S. senator from Illinois and will meet with federal investigators as soon as Friday, the congressman's newly hired lawyer said today.

As reported by The Chicago Tribune, Jackson was not named in the criminal complaint yesterday charging Gov. Rod Blagojevich with trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. But descriptions in the court document fit the congressman's profile and sources have further identified him as the "Senate Candidate 5" who was among those being considered for the job.

Jackson hired longtime Chicago lawyer James Montgomery Sr. on Tuesday after federal prosecutors unveiled criminal charges against Blagojevich and top aide John Harris, sources said.

"There is nothing there to implicate the congressman," Montgomery told the Tribune. The attorney said he and Jackson have been advised by a top deputy to U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald that Jackson is not a target of the investigation. More HERE

AAPP: I know the President Elect is trying to stay above the hometown fray at this point, however, I have been wondering why President Elect Barack Obama just didn't state publicly, a few days after winning the election who he would recommend as his replacement in the U.S. Senate. He could have just said his public recommendation, and also said that he understood that the Gov. would make the final decision, based on Illinois laws - then left it alone.

If the president elect had... More HERE

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