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Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on '67 borders
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigning From Congress
Two weeks after the election. You could have set your watch by it...
[Chicago.CBSLocal] Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
... Congressman-for-Life from Chicago. Reelected in 2012 without having shown his face in the halls of Congress in six months....
has resigned from Congress, citing health reasons and an intensifying federal investigation into the use of his campaign funds.
Guess he got his retirement bundle.
He notified staff, supporters and some politicians this afternoon. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder this summer.

His resignation letter has been sent to House Speaker John It is not pronounced 'Boner!' Boehner
... the occasionally weepy leader of House Republicans...

"My health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible with service in the House of Representatives," Jackson wrote. "Therefore, it is with great regret that I resign as a member of the United States House of Representatives, effective today, in order to focus on restoring my health."

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the decision was made this week, jointly by the Jackson family, with the congressman's father, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., presiding -- as with all major Jackson family decisions.

No one would say where Congressman Jackson was on Wednesday, but given the family's longstanding traditions, it's likely he's in Chicago, with the family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For a man who wanted to be a U.S. Senator, considered running for mayor of Chicago, and was even thought of as possible Presidential material one day, it has been a sudden and unexpected end to Jackson's political career.

House Democratic Leader Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of politicians. Formerly Speaker of the House, but it's not her fault they lost. Really. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace...
, after speaking with both the former Congressman and his father Wednesday afternoon, said she accepted the news with great sadness.

Jackson's decision came following two weeks of mounting calls for him to come clean with voters, following revelations that his defense lawyer, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, was involved in plea bargaining with authorities who'd been investigating Jackson's alleged misuse of campaign funds.

Jackson's resignation letter also included his first public acknowledgement of the federal probe.

"During this journey, I have made my share of mistakes. I am aware of the ongoing federal investigation into my activities and I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly," he wrote.

A statement from Jackson's lawyers, including Webb, said, "Mr. Jackson is cooperating with the investigation. We hope to negotiate a fair resolution of the matter but the process could take several months. During that time, we will have no further comment and urge you to give Mr. Jackson the privacy he needs to heal and handle these issues responsibly."
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  decision was made this week, jointly by the Jackson family, with the congressman's father, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., presiding -- as with all major Jackson family decisions.

Forget the congress or the constituents, when the headman says go, you must go!
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  He who holds the bloody shirt, holds Chicago.

(I just made that up)
Posted by: Shipman || 11/22/2012 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Ship, it's not personal, it's just business.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 9:08 Comments || Top||

#4  'citing health reasons' - unfortunately, the voters did not get sick of him.

Also, I'd have to guess he got his precious pension...
Posted by: Raj || 11/22/2012 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  You guess correctly Raj. Once that was included in the deal he signed the resignation letter.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/22/2012 10:16 Comments || Top||

#6  I flew into Chicago a week ago. Perhaps there is another tax that can be added to Hotels and Rental cars to help Triple-J along. If not that, another toll-booth possibly.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 12:40 Comments || Top||

#7  What? No prison?
The fix is in.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/22/2012 12:43 Comments || Top||

#8  The charges have not been settled on,so this is essentially a plea bargin prior to being charged.

Even the Chicago papers say he will do some sort of time.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 11/22/2012 13:53 Comments || Top||

#9  Boes,
Did you by chance breath while you we're here in Chicago? Soon as Rahman can figure out you personal carbon footprint, Cook County will be in touch...they get back logged at this time of year when even the phantom employees take time off for the holiday.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 11/22/2012 13:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Tried not to breath too deeply. Rented a Buick that rode like a Gama-Goat. Headed west on I-90 as quickly as 45mph and road construction would allow. Hat tip to the Cook County Patronage, Democrat Gansters Illinois Tollway Commission. Returned safely to my adoptive State of Georgia a few days later.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 14:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Gama-goat! Haven't heard anyone speak of them for a long time.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 11/22/2012 17:59 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Obama's Southeast Asia Trip All Style, No Substance
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Two weeks of WOT
Thu 2012-11-22
  Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on '67 borders
Wed 2012-11-21
  'Bomb blast' on bus in Tel Aviv
Tue 2012-11-20
  Female Suicide Boomer Targets Qazi
Mon 2012-11-19
  Israeli Strikes Kill 21 Palestinians, Gaza Rockets Wound 10 Israelis
Sun 2012-11-18
  Israeli air strikes pound Gaza as death toll hits 38
Sat 2012-11-17
   Israel air strikes hit Hamas HQ
Fri 2012-11-16
  Israel Warns of Escalation After Tel Aviv Missile Firing
Thu 2012-11-15
  Gaza missiles fired at Tel Aviv
Wed 2012-11-14
  France recognizes rebel coalition as legitimate rulers of Syria
Tue 2012-11-13
  Jamaat, Shibir go berserk in Bangla
Mon 2012-11-12
  Govt. Soldiers shoot it out in Mogadishu
Sun 2012-11-11
  IDF Changes Rules of Engagement Along Syrian Border
Sat 2012-11-10
  Mexican police charged over US embassy staff shooting
Fri 2012-11-09
  David Petraeus resigns from CIA
Thu 2012-11-08
  Syria raids Hamas offices months after group's leaders leave

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