ABC News: Jesse Jackson, Jr. is “Senate Candidate Number 5”

Posted by: ST on December 10, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Asked and answered (h/t: Marc Ambinder)?

Chicago Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., is the anonymous “Senate Candidate No. 5” whose emissaries Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reportedly offered up to $1 million to name him to the U.S. Senate, federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

According to the FBI affidavit in the case, Blagojevich “stated he might be able to cut a deal with Senate Candidate 5 that provided Rod Blagojevich” with something “tangible up front.”

Jackson said this morning he was contacted Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Chicago whom he said “asked me to come in and share with them my insights and thoughts about the selection process.”

Jackson said, “I don’t know” when asked whether he was Candidate No. 5, but said he was told “I am not a target of this investigation.”

Jackson said he agreed to talk with federal investigators “as quickly as possible” after he consulted with a lawyer.

The congressman, a son of the famed civil rights leader, denied that anyone had been authorized to make payments or promises to the governor on his behalf.

Z’ plot thickens. Stay tuned.

In related news, PEBO (President-elect Barack Obama) has called on Blago to resign.

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3 Responses to “ABC News: Jesse Jackson, Jr. is “Senate Candidate Number 5””


  1. Steve Skubinna says:

    Okay, Mwalimu Hussein Daudi, I talked with Sneery’s Dad and he appreciates you trying to cover for the kid, but right now he’s more concerned with finding the little, er, scamp.

    Me, I don’t think Sneery’s gotten anywhere near Illinois, he’s probably hanging out in the student center at Tri-County Community College with the Transgendered Vegan Maoist Student Action Coalition. This girl he’s trying to impress spends a lot of time there. They’re working this petition to replace the statue of Lenin in front of the Industrial Arts Building with one of Obama.

    Needless to say, the Young Communist League on campus is furious.

  2. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    But I am a thief! A crook! A liar! Honest I am! Or my name really isn’t Mwalimu Daudi!