Thursday, December 11, 2008

Can "Candidate 5" Still Become Senator?

As the Gov. Rod Blagojevich's scandal in Illinois continues to gain steam, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been identified in the complaint as being "Candidate 5" who according to the complaint through an emissary was willing to participate in a "pay to play" deal for the now vacant Senate seat once held by President-elect Barack Obama. Jackson Jr. who reportedly still wants the seat, has admitted to meeting with Blagojevich on this past Monday, and has hired an attorney for a scheduled meeting with federal officials on Friday.

Jackson Jr. held a news conference in Washington, D.C yesterday, but didn't answer questions. This revelation will throw a wrench in Jackson Jr.'s goal of being appointed to the Senate seat. It's expected that Blagojevich's power to appoint a successor to the position will be removed, and perhaps a special election will be held to fill the position. Jackson Jr. has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, but as they say in most cases perception is reality. The Chicago Tribune has additional information on the interesting happenings in the Windy City.

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