Democrat Just Re-Elected To House Begins Plea Deal Negotiations For Jail Sentence


Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. took a leave of absence for the US House back in June, citing “exhaustion.” He is now, apparently, being treated for a mood disorder even as he faces charges for illegal expenditures of campaign dollars, including paying to redecorate his house and buying a $40,000 Rolex for a lady friend.

Despite this, Jackson was re-elected to his House seat in a land slide. And now, just days after winning re-election, he has begun negotiations for a plea deal that will likely land him in jail after he resigns his seat for “health reasons.”

You have to love how ingrained lying is to this process, that “health reasons” would be cited even as the Congressman stepping down is on his way to jail in an oh-so-public fashion.

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.

It’s worth noting that Jackson first won election to this seat representing a Chicago-area district after its previous occupant, Rep. Melvin Reynolds, was sent to jail for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old campaign worker.

Meaning that Jackson would be the second consecutive Congressman to give up this seat because he was sent to jail.

By the way, I don’t think that being sent to prison for crimes unrelated to service in Congress is necessarily grounds for expulsion from Congress. According to Wikipedia, “Rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives state that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct can investigate allegations that a Member violated ‘any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to the conduct of such Member… in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities’.”

Misspending campaign funds probably wouldn’t fall within that jurisdiction.

The latest trend is politicians clinging to their seats even in the midst of sex scandals (Republican David Vitter, Democrat Bob Menendez). I’m waiting for a Congressman to cling to their seat even as they serve a jail sentence.

Because you know it’s going to happen.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Mike Quinn

    This clearly shows Obama and Heidi did not win the election, and trickle down works. What is the point? Just like the Bengazi crap failed right before the election, these silly diversions are just simply irrelevant? Dishonest people in politics, imagine that?

    • NDSuperman

      Just look the other way while the train cars of Jews clickaty-clack on by…dipshit.

      It’s a minor miracle to get you to stay on point.

      • Mike Quinn

        The point is always ” A Democrat did something wrong”. Every story is some spin on how those on the side of the common man are evil, wrong, or confused. This blog is all about PR for the party of greed.

        • $8194357

          The point is, our rule of law society has been corrupted with
          Alinsky/marxist ideologies replacing real moral values..
          And your a walking talking poster child for what I just stated.

        • NDSuperman

          Are you saying this blog (or the commenters) never criticize the Republican party? Because that would be provably false. And if you knowingly say something that is provably false…well…that would be a lie…right? Maybe you should try to argue in a more self-aware way.

        • tony_o2

          This guy was obviously on the side of the common man. Because every common man wants his campaign donation to be embezzled…/sarc

    • Onslaught1066

      Hey, Mike, you’re an impeached judge and general all around criminal, what’s the food like in jail?

      Is this guy gonna’ enjoy himself while a gust of the state?

    • Proof

      Benghazi wasn’t “crap”, you horse’s ass. It was the death of four Americans on what is considered American soil. It is an inquiry into whether or not the president acted prudently or if his orders were not carried out properly and swiftly. Did I mention that you are a horse’s ass, Mighty Lame Quinn? I shouldn’t have to. It’s self evident.

    • banjo kid

      The only news media that covered the crap as you call it was Fox news , the rest covered up the story by not printing or speaking about it. I am sure if it was your brother or mother or father that was killed you would want answers and want them now . Why spew your filth here no one believes a word you say .

  • factsarefacts

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    People voted him in………………

  • $8194357

    Since Billary in your faced America with its corruption,
    its been all out free for all of corruption and cronyism..
    Our rule of law society doesn’t work for imoral people.
    Hold them to their own moral code and standards while having none yourself..

    • Gern Blanston

      Isn’t that quote hanging above the newsrooms of the main stream media?

      • $8194357

        when the money trail is folllowed to “ownership” of the media..
        Its owned by the same internationalist progressives who are behind everything the UN does and America finances for them with taxpayer no risk investment capital..

        American crony socialist capitalist government..
        The “best money can buy”…
        comes with no risk taxpayer investment capital..

  • SigFan

    I wonder when rbb will gift us with one of his breathless and distorted headlines about this? Oh, that’s right, he’s a Democrat … never mind.

  • WOOF

    “It could probably be shown by facts and figures
    that there is no distinctly
    native American criminal class
    except Congress.”
    Mark Twain

    • Uh, What?

      @WOOF:disqus – we probably don’t agree on much… but we do on this.

      • $8194357

        On rare occasions I have found woof to post something
        almost close to the truth.

    • RCND

      I’m actually with you on this one as well

  • Neiman

    Going to prison for Democrats is a badge of honor and insures reelection.

    He will be forgiven because he was suffering depression, which his self committal to the hospital was meant to prove. This will give him a higher profile and a possibility at a future VP spot.

    • sbark

      thats right, now once released, he’ll be on the fast track to become a POTUS candidate…..especially if he’d come out and declare he’s gay—heck he might not even face prison then…..

      • Spartacus

        Don’t even think about going there, the last thing this country needs is a President that has to be constantly told to pull up his pants….Clinton was enough.

  • $8194357

    He will fit right in with the DC/UN muslim brotherhood gunrunners.


    Affair? Alleged cover up of attacks against U.S. mission in Benghazi? Neither excuse is likely the reason behind David Petraeus’ resigination

    Perhaps being overlooked is the CIA’s role in using the Benghazi mission to coordinate U.S. aid to opposition insurgent groups acting in Syria amid information those same insurgents significantly consist of jihadists, including al-Qaida groups.

  • Harold

    This is Jesse Jackson’s son, he could be the worst of the worst and Obama and his administration would never let him be imprisoned for any reason. This guy has a get out of jail card for all time.

    • RCND

      Are you making a pardon prediction?

    • $8194357

      As do all Chicago politcians IMO.

  • $8194357

    Yes Chicago politics as usual for the Democrats..No worries tho for the left.

    Now comes the corruption machine into the national conservitve realm…

    Who to the folks who are on the wrong side of the leftist agendas huh..

  • $8194357

    Just how wide is the gap the way the media handles events
    concerning Democrats and Republicans?

    This mornings “daily dose” of propaganda from CBS..
    Obstructionist Republicans have caused Americas financial down grades.
    Not the lack of budget, or spending too much.
    It was because of those evil obstructionist Republicans.
    17 trillion in debt be damned.

    Sad but this is now the false truth “perception”
    because all media outlets will go with this manufactured
    narritive to further ideological divisions…
    (false enlightenments fool tools and useful idiots)

    Still no power up north east….Hurricane Sandy sure was at fault for all this
    damage and it will take our “blessed government” a long time
    perhaps years to fix it…

    Anyone remember their 24/7 media event
    “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste”
    its all Bushes fault?
    Good thing we have an international progressive in control now.

    Patreaus had an affair?
    No did he..
    Well it just seems because of his security clearance
    he was “treasonously” putting our beloved government “at risk”..

    I love the leftist “at risk” catch all for leftist agendas and ideologies..

    From school kids weight problems to republicans “war on women”..
    Conservitives are putting our “blessed government” at risk.

    But outing the international agendas for the middle east arab spring?

    Wouldn’t the fast and furious dog and pony show
    in the middle east be putting our nation at risk?
    We are a natiion “at risk” from some leftist cause or another…

    To bad they won’t focus on the middle easts version of “Fast and Furious”
    gun running for the al-qaeda muslim brotherhood end and
    involvement in Bengazie, but will do the
    “monica lewinsky” to wag the public dog once again…

    Didn’t Bill Clintons human humidor put the presidents
    “top secret security status”
    at risk when Bubba was engaged with a young and convienient
    female companion?
    Course not…
    That would rock the leftist ideological agendas and wouldn’t help
    KILL American conservitism and Constitutional Rule of Law if
    Bubba was accused of what Patreaus and he both seems quilty of..

    Main leftist “players” like Jackson Jr. will
    get media judged by “ideological identification”
    and not equal rules of law or fair and balanced reporting….

    Where forth art thou?

    In the hands of global propaganda and agendas I fear…
    God Bless you all now, HEAR?