Jesse Jackson Jr Resigns From Congress Today

November 21, 2012 5:27 pmViews: 117

We have a serious problem in this country when a man can get re-elected to Congress who has not been in the House chambers since June 8, 2012, when he doesn't even stage a single campaign event and he never runs a campaign, plus he is under investigation for improprieties related to his bid to win the same seat held by Barack Obama. This is also the same Chicago seat that landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in jail. Such great politicians we have in Chicago, aren't they?

Well, even though voters obviously made a huge mistake in re-electing Jesse Jackson Jr, he resigned today due to health and legal reasons related to the federal investigation into his wrongdoings.

What in the world does this say about the voters who decided to overlook all of this and re-elect this man to a second term? Fortunately we don't have to worry about his corruption in the United States Congress, because he is gone. It doesn't mean we will have any less corruption in Chicago politics though.

Read the excerpt from the Chicago Tribune below:

Rep. Jesse Jackson resigned from Congress Wednesday, saying in a letter that he is cooperating with a federal investigation "into my activities" but blaming his health problems for his decision to step down just two weeks after his re-election.

Jackson's letter to House Speaker John Boehner was his first acknowledgment of the ongoing corruption probe into his alleged misuse of campaign dollars.

"I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone," Jackson said in the two-page letter dated Nov. 21. "None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right."

Despite his admission of "my share of mistakes," Jackson said his deteriorating health was the reason he was quitting. He has been on medical leave since June while receiving treatment for bipolar depression.

"Against the recommendations of my doctors, I had hoped and tried to return to Washington and continue working on the issues that matter most to the people of the Second District. I know now that will not be possible," Jackson said in the letter.

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