Looks like Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. — who won reelection to Illinois' 2nd congressional district despite being currently hospitalized for bipolar disorder — might be carrying on a time-honored state tradition of resigning from office in disgrace and/or handcuffs…
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reported Friday night that high-powered defense attorney and former federal prosecutor Dan Webb was negotiating a tentative deal with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
Under terms of the deal, Jackson would resign for health reasons, plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and possibly do jail time. He'd have to repay any campaign funds that were converted for personal use, and serve at least some jail time…
If Jackson steps down, a special election would have to be held to replace him in Congress.
And thus the circle of Illinois political life would come full circle. God willing, the lucky new congressperson would eventually get to spend some time in jail as well. Well, one can only hope.
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