Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fund-raiser has told federal authorities. The allegation by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak counters public statements made as recently as last week by Jackson that he never authorized any deal to attempt to buy the Senate seat. Nayak also told authorities he paid for two airline trips for a "social acquaintance" of the Democratic congressman at Jackson's request.Is Jesse Jr. going to jail? The Hindi defense apparently elicited the Gary Hart style downfall:
In a radio interview about the mayor's race last week, Jackson challenged federal prosecutors to "bring it on" if they have evidence he was a conspirator in Blagojevich's corruption case.Hot time in the old town tonight. At Jesse Jr.'s house. Will his wife Sandi the alderman run and dump Jesse Jr.?
The congressman's wife, Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, 7th, issued her own statement later in the day asking for privacy.
"Today's disclosure, one that my family and I have been privately addressing for several months, is a very private, painful and unfortunate situation. Therefore, I would hope that the public will respect our ongoing personal handling and healing from this matter,'' she said in the statement.
From Jesse's congressional opponent in the fall election, Isaac Hayes:
Support Isaac for Honesty!
Republican Nominee Isaac Hayes issued the following statement today regarding new developments concerning Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s involvement in the Rod Blagojevich Senate Seat scandal. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Oak Brook Businessman Raghuveer Nayak told federal authorities that Mr. Jackson directed him to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich six million dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat.
Today, we have learned of new allegations concerning the involvement of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in the Congressional Crime of the attempted purchase a United States Senate Seat. Sadly, I am not surprised.
Mr. Jackson has refused to tell the voters of the Second District exactly what the extent of his involvement was, but has decided to leave it to the press and the trial of ex-governor Rod Blagojevich to fill in the details.
It was the press that informed us Mr. Jackson was Senate Candidate No. 5 in the Rod Blagojevich indictment. It was the Blagojevich trial that informed us Mr. Jackson offered “pay to play” and was at an October 28, 2008 meeting with Raghuveer Nayak and Rajinder Bedi when the bribe was discussed.
Today, we have been informed by the press that Mr. Jackson directed Mr. Nayak to offer Rod Blagojevich six million dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat.
It is time for Congressman Jackson to tell the members of the Second District the truth. They deserve to know what he did and why he did it. They have suffered long enough under the three-peat of political corruption that has existed for the past thirty years.
We need a clean break from the politics of the abuse of power and public trust. We need someone with the character and values to represent our district with honesty and integrity.
This statement appears on the Citizens for Isaac Hayes website at:
Isaac Hayes to Speak at Chicago Town Hall Meeting
The Chicago Townhall Meeting is a non-partisan monthly gathering to discuss major issues of the day with a primary goal of promoting freedom, liberty, and constitutional principles and limited government in Chicago and Illinois.
Who: Isaac Hayes, Republican Nominee for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District
What: On the Topic of “Time for Change”
Where: The Lincoln Restaurant
4008 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
When: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Citizens for Isaac Hayes is the campaign committee for Republican nominee Isaac Hayes who is challenging Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for the Congressional seat in Illinois 2nd District. Mr. Hayes’ campaign is focusing on jobs and small business creation, parental school choice, safe neighborhoods and honest government.