And the Democrat on the ballot is tarnished Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Jackson is so tarnished by the allegations that his people were willing to raise $6 million if disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich would appoint Jackson to fill out Barack Obama’s U. S. Senate term that one would think he would just keep his mouth shut.
But he doesn’t.
When rumors surface that the Feds are still looking at him, Jackson says,
“Bring it on.”
You’re name is Isaac Hayes and you are a principled young man without a mistress or other bad marks on your name except that you running on the Republican Party ticket and, gasp, you believe in traditional family values. (See “Isaac Hayes Calls Out Jesse Jackson, Jr.“)
Now Washington hostesses for you.
What can you do to get people to notice you?
Wait for your entrenched opponent to screw up.
And, that’s exactly what Jesse Jackson, Jr., did.
Besides egging on the Federalies, he apparently caught the attention of crack Chicago Sun-Times’ reporters Natasha Korecki, Chris Fusco and Lynn Sweet. That led to the following front page coverage:
Here’s Jackson’s statement about the continuing investigation about his seeking the U.S. Senate seat and his presumed mistress:
“The allegations about fundraising and the Senate seat are not new. I’ve already talked with the authorities about these claims, told them they were false, and no charges have been brought against me. The very idea of raising millions of dollars for a campaign other than my own is preposterous. My interest in the Senate seat was based on years of public service, which I am proud of, not some improper scheme with anyone.
“The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago. I ask that you respect our privacy.
“I know I have disappointed some supporters and for that I am deeply sorry. But I remain committed to serving my constituents and fighting on their behalf.”