Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr, who just won reelection to Congress even though he didn’t campaign because of a federal investigation into illegal use of campaign funds and mental health issues, has just submitted his resignation to Speaker John Boehner. According to The Washington Post, Jackson’s wife is considering running for the seat in the upcoming special election.
His resignation means he will not be sworn in for the term he won in November. Despite not having actively campaigned for it, Jackson comes from a safe Democratic district and was easily reelected.
The resignation will trigger a special election, which will be declared by Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and must occur within 115 days of the vacancy.
Among the names being mentioned as replacements are Jackson’s wife, Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson (D), Cook County Chief Administrative Officer Robin Kelly (D), state Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D) and state Sen. Napoleon Harris (D), a former football player at Northwestern University and in the NFL.
Also being mentioned is former congressman Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.), who resigned the seat that Jackson won in a 1995 special election and was convicted on charges of child pornography and sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old campaign worker. (Read More)
No word on who may run on the Republican side seeing that this district will vote for Democrats no matter how corrupt they happen to be.
There’s no word on whether Jackson’s disability claim was accepted.