So U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi spent the amount of $750,000 in campaign funds donated by his constituents. I don’t know what’s sadder the fact that he spent the money or what he spent the money on, well I think the people of Illinois might have something to say about that.
The items range from groceries, drugstore purchases and home appliances, $28,000 in Michael Jackson memorabilia, about $8,000 for a pair of mounted elk heads and over $17,000 spent at tobacco shops and $313.89 spent at Build-a-Bear ahead of the holidays, probably for their children.
Now I love Michael Jackson as much as the next person but probably not enough to pay $28,000 for the King Of Pop’s merchandise. I guess no one taught the Jackson’s the first two rules of doing dirt – rule number one: Don’t do dirt, rule number two: If you have to do dirt at least have something to show for it.
If you notice they didn’t buy houses or something tangible, they seemed content to being fans and even sunk to the lowest of lows by using their kids as money launder by taking them to build a bear workshops. While these aren’t all the items that the Jackson’s spent campaign money on you can believe that the rest of the items were/are just as mundane.
Poor people of Illinois, Chicago especially (the South Side) where something like this is the norm. Corruption in Chicago politics dates back to 1869, when city commissioners were caught in a scheme over City Hall paint contracts. Over 1,000 Illinois politicians, mostly in the Chicago area, have been convicted of corruption since the 1970s.
Not to mention Chicago’s South Side has been home to long running corruption, that began in 1981 when Gus Savage took office and ended up losing his after rumors of sexual misconduct with a Peace Corps worker while on a congressional visit abroad. Then there was Mel Reynolds, who took office in 1992 and was convicted of fraud and having sex with a minor. And now Jackson who after 17 years in office, pleads guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses.
Both Jackon’s face prison time with Jesse Jr facing 46 to 57 months in prison after accepting a plea deal at a hearing that took place on February 17th and his wife Sandi who is facing at 18 to 24 months. During the hearing Jesse Jr said in response to questions that “For years I lived off my campaign,” “I used money I shouldn’t have used for personal purposes.”, well that is putting it mildly, at least his father had enough sense to be a player instead of a half way crook, that we know about.
I for one believe in forgive and forget and I do hope that the Jackson’s learn from their mistakes, I also hope that this doesn’t some way add to the turmoil that is happening in Chicago right now. What do you think?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.