Video: From landslide to plea deal in five days?

posted at 8:51 am on November 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This might be some kind of record, even for Chicago.  Just five days after winning a landslide victory in his re-election bid to the House, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has begun negotiations for a plea deal that will send him to the big house instead:

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.

The tentative deal includes Jackson, Jr.’s resignation from Congress for health reasons, a “guilty” plea involving misuse of campaign funds, and repayment of any contributions that were converted to personal use. At least some jail time is expected. Jackson, Jr.’s pension, which would pay out between $65,000 and $80,000 a year when he turns 62, is also part of the talks.

Webb, who served as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor during the 1980s, helped strike a plea deal for the late Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill. Rostenkowski got 17 months in jail after pleading guilty to converting a congressional postage allowance into personal money, but was allowed to keep his $126,000-a-year pension for the rest of his life.

Jackson’s seat would remain open until a special election could be held. As CBS’ Chicago affiliate notes, there is a little irony in this, as Jackson himself won this seat in a special election after Rep. Mel Reynolds was forced to resign in 1995 before serving prison time for a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer. Two years later, Reynolds also got convicted of bank fraud. He eventually got a presidential pardon and tried running against Jackson in 2004 to regain his seat, but lost by a very large margin.

One has to wonder who will take this seat next — and whether voters should start baking cakes for their new Representative with files baked into them.


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Jackson’s seat would remain open until a special election could be held

Which, funny as it sounds, Jackson, Jr. has already won!

Gatsu on November 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Chicago=Washington DC

HoustonRight on November 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I feel like I need a shower just from reading the post.

BettyRuth on November 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Obama’s America, elections are on paper but the results are foreordained.

rob verdi on November 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Why not Zombiie Al Capone?

catmman on November 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I’m sure it’s all whitey’s fault somehow.

gsherin on November 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

. . . and we knowingly elect these dirtbags to determine our future. This poor sick Republic has been dumbed down to the point of absurdity.

rplat on November 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Obligatory Chicago scandal. It’s just like 2008, but Blago was way more fun.

Illinidiva on November 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Idiots

cmsinaz on November 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Quite certain he would be re-elected even if it were from prison. Anyone remember Marion Barry

HoustonRight on November 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

So long as the seat stays “D,” no harm, no foul.

Down the memory hole.

Rixon on November 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Chicago should be ceded to Mexico.

petefrt on November 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The tentative deal includes Jackson, Jr.’s resignation from Congress for health reasons

he’s going to have trouble sitting in any seat, much less a congressional seat, after a few years in Federal PMITA prison….the special Chicago Politician’s Wing.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

So he has an illness that caused “misuse of campaign funds to decorate his house and purchase a $40,000 Rolex watch for a female friend”? What’s the available treatment under Obamacare for Chicagoitis? Is that a pill or does the panel decide based upon your previous donations to the Democrat party?

trubble on November 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Which, funny as it sounds, Jackson, Jr. has already won!

Gatsu on November 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

**facepalm** that’s right.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

He would have made such a fine Senator…

Wait, does the deal forbid him from running for Senate?

forest on November 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Why waste time on a special election? Elections are so last century … just pick the next drug-addicted black criminal on the list and be done with it.

Pork-Chop on November 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Chicago=Washington DC

HoustonRight on November 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Zactly. That’s the first thing that popped into my mind. Re-electing the guilty.

princetrumpet on November 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Maybe is some of Axelrods new Army if Journolists were investigating this…….oh wait….is Jackson a Republican?……oh sorry, nevermind.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/axelrods-next-project-inspiring-young-people-become-journalists

If only Jesse was a conservative, he would have been in jail by now.

PappyD61 on November 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

“The fix is in”…

Don’t be surprised to see his wife run for the seat… it is the only way she would give up her Alderman (for life) position…

“That’s the Chicago way”… Its all about what “The Machine” wants…

Khun Joe on November 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

The fact these criminals get to keep a lifetime pension is disgusting. Where’s the incentive not to carry out dubious acts with the people’s money?

plutorocks on November 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Someone said last night that his wife will probably run for his seat in the special election. That sounds about right.

Night Owl on November 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

A couple years of forced confinement in, essentially, a Ramada Inn, followed by a decent, taxpayer- funded pension-for-life. Only in (Obama’s) America. The saddest part? Given the chance, his constituents would re-elect him in another landslide.

KS Rex on November 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Our country is so screwed.

Deano1952 on November 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

These jackwagons get to keep their pensions after defrauding the people they serve, the people who donated?

I’ll tell you exactly who is going to get Triple J’s seat, Mumia, right after Barky pardons him.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

As we found out on November 6, 2012. Chicago values ARE American values.

/cue Kate Smith

MNHawk on November 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Still, this is what has become of America.

Detroit just elected a state rep who has been convicted 8 times of bank and credit card fraud.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Jackson’s seat would remain open until a special election could be held.

Not so fast, has Valerie Jarrett agreed to that?

roy_batty on November 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

When the people are as corrupt as their politicians the country has a problem.

kagai on November 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

The voters in his district should be ashamed that they keep electing crooks.

But I guess they have to be capable of shame first.

WannabeAnglican on November 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Detroit just elected a state rep who has been convicted 8 times of bank and credit card fraud.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

That’s because this rep really feels me. He know. Nows I gets mines.

HoustonRight on November 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I feel like I need a shower just from reading the post.

BettyRuth on November 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

He is my Rep; how do you think I feel?

So, he is asking for a plea deal. What are *we* getting in return?

herm2416 on November 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Reynolds was pardoned by Clinton.

Jackson will probably get a pardon too.

If you’re a Democrat you can do literally anything and still get re-elected. I can’t believe this is the group we put in power over us. It’s sickening.

juliesa on November 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

**facepalm** that’s right.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

It would be funny if it weren’t so depressingly true… -_-

Gatsu on November 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

It would be funny if his wife ran for his seat.

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

If Obama had a son…

College Prof on November 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

voters should start baking cakes for their new Representative with files baked into them.

That’s hilarious. I have to say I tried to be shocked that voters would re-elect a guy who supposedly has bipolar disease and has checked himself in and out of an institution where his condition was serious enough to be admitted twice, as well as being under investigation for misuse of campaign funds. But I’m not.

scalleywag on November 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Triple J – 2016

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Would it be a good time to suggest lobbying for reverse-reverse discrimination?

Archivarix on November 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM

The democratic party voters have alot to answer for..they vote for their party-affiliated candidate regardless of ethics or ability.

LilyBart on November 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

These are the fine people that res-O-nate with the constituents, and best understand the problems of the common man. Who knows when you will need to beat the rap?

Perhaps we all go full-on Guy Fawkes mode and all legally change our names to Jesse Jackson.

connertown on November 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Welcome to Chicago!

pilamaye on November 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Jesse Jackson Jr. wins while under investigation and holding up in a medical clinic or was that a mental ward? What does this tell us about his voters? Or all Democrats for that matter? They will vote for any redistributionist thug running. Jackson’s opponent was white. Think that wasn’t a factor in their continued support of Jackson? Remember Rep. Jefferson in Louisiana? He won even after having 90K tucked away in his freezer. Don’t we all keep household petty cash in the freezer? Are black voters just stupid or are they racist?

SpiderMike on November 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Mr. Jackson’s reelection is just a particularly obvious example of the stupidity of voters. The presidential election was another. They will all get what they asked for.

tngmv on November 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

52% of Americans wonder if they can get some free sh!t from the ________, if so , they want to vote for the _________.

VegasRick on November 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

That’s my(former) congressman! LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on November 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

That worthless district would vote in Zombie Mengele if he were a black democrat.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The 99% that matters:

99% of Chicago Democrat politicians are crooks.

(And 75% of the Republicans, for that matter.)

JEM on November 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

This is what the lower order of American life sends to Congress. Electorate trash voting for like trash, both, stupid and corrupt.

arand on November 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

SpiderMike – Yes, you pretty much hit it on the head.

The list is long and lamentable.

JEM on November 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

People here don’t care; they just want their free cell phones and other goodies.

Scotty J on November 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The people of Chicago and Illinois get what they deserve. Come to think of it, so does most of the country.

I hope the people in the Queens District of New York are reflecting on the fact that they voted 78% in favor of Obama, their great benefactor. His involvement and concern over the hurricane Sandy problems is very telling.

iamsaved on November 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Still, this is what has become of America.

Detroit just elected a state rep who has been convicted 8 times of bank and credit card fraud.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Be fair! He was probably the only one in the district that could read and write English. Then again, is that a prerequisite to serve?

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

It’s ok. Jackson will be re-elected to “his” seat in Congress after he gets out of Prison. You know like Alcee Hastings got elected after he got impeached from as Judge on a Federal Court for being convicted of bribery.

Sad that people like Mia Love, and Allen West lost while these losers keep getting re-elected.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Grayson’s back in Congress too.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

The Democrats have truly reched the bottom of the barrel. But then this is the party that gave us James Traficant among others.
Jackson should have stepped down for many reasons. Anyone remember Thomas Eagleton?

Deanna on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

It hasn’t yet been determined that West lost.

Results still pending in Florida partial recount for Rep. West’s House race

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

How many people were wishing that this headline was about Obama?

Sterling Holobyte on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Repeating, the kind of electorate who will elect these kinds of people makes you wonder.

jake49 on November 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

How many people were wishing that this headline was about Obama?

Sterling Holobyte on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

This!

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

One has to wonder who will take this seat next — and whether voters should start baking cakes for their new Representative with files baked into them.

Blago?? :)

jimver on November 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Meh. He’ll just represent the district from his cell in the hoosegow, a la Boston’s legendary Mayor Curley. These are Democrats, capisce?

Scriptor on November 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I’m hearing oodles of dog whistles here, you racists.

Thankfully, this guy is still a congressman.

justltl on November 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

If Obama had a son…

College Prof on November 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Bingo!

plutorocks on November 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The truly sad part is there were voters in Jackson Jr’s district stoopid enough to re-elect this pathetic corrupt-o-crat.

locomotivebreath1901 on November 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The 99% that matters:

99% of Chicago Democrat politicians are crooks.

(And 75% of the Republicans, for that matter.)

JEM on November 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The difference is that the Republican will typically resign at the first hint of scandal, regardless of whether the act was illegal. The Dem will hold out until he is dragged off in handcuffs.

azblondie on November 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Grayson’s back in Congress too.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I know. That guy needs to be committed to a state psych ward for life. He is a danger to society.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

. . . and we knowingly elect these dirtbags…

rplat on November 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Not “we.”

They.

UltimateBob on November 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

It hasn’t yet been determined that West lost.

Results still pending in Florida partial recount for Rep. West’s House race

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

There was a lot of misinformation going around about this race. But truth is West lost. The margin is insurmountable.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Then why is he still fighting?

Mitsouko on November 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Like I said in the past – dumb blacks who keep electing corrupt blacks. It doesn’t matter if they are in rehab, under investigation or derelict of their duty (voting present all the time). As long as the D follows their name, they will have a job for the rest of their lives, until they get caught and go to jail. And the dumb voters will allow Jackson to keep his pension, even though his family wealth exceeds most Chicagoans.
I guess this somehow benefits the poor in the city.

djaymick on November 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

“The fix is in”…

Don’t be surprised to see his wife run for the seat… it is the only way she would give up her Alderman (for life) position…

“That’s the Chicago way”… Its all about what “The Machine” wants…

Khun Joe on November 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Talk is either his wife or his brother will get this seat. It’s a combo platter of the Jesse Jackson, Sr. Way and the Chicago Way.

Fallon on November 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

JJ Jr always creeped me out. Always had this single, blank look on his face. His father’s son, without any charisma. Might have become the US Senator from Illinois. We know where that leads. $16T national debt, lies, crushing growth through energy policy, the EPA, taxes, regulation. Crony capitalism. The Chicago Way.

Good times.

Paul-Cincy on November 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I love how they use scare quotes around the word guilty. Hey, he’s a Democrat.

Ward Cleaver on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

From landslide to plea deal in five days?

SCOTUS nomination imminent.

roy_batty on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Let the Feds have him.

Amazingoly on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

If Obama had a son…

College Prof on November 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Thanks for the morning laugh. Or, more of a knowing smirk.

Paul-Cincy on November 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Talk is either his wife or his brother will get this seat. It’s a combo platter of the Jesse Jackson, Sr. Way and the Chicago Way.

Fallon on November 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

They should change their last name to Castro and be done with it.

Ward Cleaver on November 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

SCOTUS nomination imminent.

roy_batty on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

A reverse Alcee Hastings?

Ward Cleaver on November 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Any other bloc of voters would be embarrassed by their choice, but in Chicago, they’ll just say Junior got railroaded because he’s a black man.

RebeccaH on November 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Enjoy prison JJ Jr.
I have a feeling the prisoners will be enjoying you.
If Obama had a son JJ Jr. will probably be his new cellmate and b*tch.

The dumb blacks in Chicago wonder why they are still in the ghetto.
One reason is they keep electing crooks.
Course I’m racist for saying so, so let them live in poverty.

Bubba Redneck on November 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Talk is either his wife or his brother will get this seat. It’s a combo platter of the Jesse Jackson, Sr. Way and the Chicago Way.

Fallon on November 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Who do think will cop a plea deal with the feds first?

Bubba Redneck on November 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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.

Hmmm.
Maybe the Mrs. found out and called the Feds.
Wonder if she’s been emailing Mrs. Petraeus and comparing notes.

Bubba Redneck on November 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

OT: What the HELL is wrong with this site in that it bans posts with certain words in it? I can’t even link to an article about people from 19 states registering petitions to s——? I can’t even link to the article by itself because the link contains the s——- word.

Does this site stand for freedom of speech or not (or has that become another s—– word to be banned)?

I guess you’ll have to look it up yourself on… http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/11

dominigan on November 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

dominigan on November 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

dominigan on November 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

That’s why some of us call it Tepid Air.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

One has to wonder who will take this seat next — and whether voters should start baking cakes for their new Representative with files baked into them.

Rhetorical question? Seriously, Junior could have cut his deal the Thursday before the election and he would have been re-elected.

Steve Eggleston on November 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

No problem. We’re already baking cakes for former governors in the hoosegow. What’s one more inmate!

polarglen on November 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

What do you want to bet Mrs. gets the seat.

polarglen on November 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

He’ll do his time, get out, run again and get re-elected. No worries.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I’m sure it’s all whitey’s fault somehow.

gsherin on November 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

We’re long overdue for a photo op of Jesse and All linking arms as they lead a protest march down the streets.

Shades of the Civil Rights Movement to be sure./

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

From landslide to plea deal in five days?

If only this were Obama!

IrishEyes on November 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

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

Like father, like son.

IrishEyes on November 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

ahhhh Chicago, the city that if you were to outfit
all the Dems who were corrupt in Orange Jumpsuits,
the entire city would look like a giant bag of Cheetos.

ToddPA on November 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

ahhhh Chicago, the city that if you were to outfit
all the Dems who were corrupt in Orange Jumpsuits,
the entire city would look like a giant bag of Cheetos.

ToddPA on November 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

LOLOL +cheetos

Paul-Cincy on November 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The Tea Party should find someone with balls to run for the seat, and take it from the Moochers.

Iblis on November 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I vote that we equip all ‘public’ figures with mics and cameras and pay for the option of following them around like the reality TV stars they want to be. Everything is on the record as long as you’re on the public teat!

I’d never watch it, but it’d be nice to think they’d act differently if everything they said and did could (and would) be used against them in a court of law.

Whoever ran against him must be facepalming! Losing to a guy who has to immediately plea bargain? Why was he even allowed on the ticket?

CitizenEgg on November 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Be fair! He was probably the only one in the district that could read and write English. Then again, is that a prerequisite to serve?

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Or that was able to see the ballot through his/her burqa.

Nutstuyu on November 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

It’s ok. Jackson will be re-elected to “his” seat in Congress after he gets out of Prison. You know like Alcee Hastings got elected after he got impeached from as Judge on a Federal Court for being convicted of bribery.

Sad that people like Mia Love, and Allen West lost while these losers keep getting re-elected. – Raquel Pinkbullet on November 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Very true. But I am also very sure that corruption exists on both sides of the aisle. I have gotten so damn sick United States politics and politicians, I begun to think about moving to Costa Rica. I’ve never been so disappointed in my entire life with the reelection of Obama and the coming of even bigger more intrusive Federal and even State Government. In South Carolina, Richland County voters passed a law increasing the sales tax to 8%. We already have a 7% income tax rate. Government spending on both the Federal and State level is simply out of control all across the country. And, the dumb voters aren’t insufficiently educated to know economics 101. The only way we are going to get ourselves out of this problem is cut spending and grow the economy. Stop looking to the government for our solutions.

SC.Charlie on November 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

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