Illinois Governor Says Jesse Jackson Jr. Doesn’t Have to Resign

On Wednesday, the Governor of Illinois, Patrick Quinn spoke about the much discussed case of Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. The governor said he did not see any reason why the congressman should have to resign.

The governor felt that even though Jackson has been away from his office for over four months, on sick leave, he did not have to give up his congressional seat or remove himself from the November election ballot. Speaking in an interview with WBBM-780 Radio, the governor said,

“He was elected by the people to serve his term. Obviously, he has had some health challenges.”

Jackson has been away seeking treatment for bipolar disorder.

In an interview that aired on NBC Chicago television, Quinn referred to Jackson as a “friend” and went on to say that he did not see why being in treatment and away on sick leave should mean that Jackson couldn’t have his name on the November ballot.

Jackson is still being investigated by the federal government amidst speculation that he may have  misappropriated campaign funds. Jackson’s office did not address the investigation, on Wednesday, but did confirm that the congressman was still on the ballot.

Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association was much less forgiving, going on radio and saying,

 ”His constituents, 500,000 people, haven’t had any representation now for four months. That is one-third of a year. That is one-sixth, or 16 percent, of an entire congressional term.”

According to Jackson’s office, he spent six weeks at the Mayo Clinic over the summer, being treated for bipolar disorder. On September 7, his office confirmed that the congressman had been released from the clinic and was going to his  Washington, D.C home. There was no date given for when he would be expected to be back to work.

13 Responses to Illinois Governor Says Jesse Jackson Jr. Doesn’t Have to Resign

  1. I think he should resign.I believe he’s standing on shakey ground..

  2. Being under Federal Investagation will take a toll on the ‘Golden Boy’.. My prayers go out to Sandi because its only going to get worst.

  3. “Yea without sin cast the first stone”

    Too many Christians forget that pasage. The work Christ did in Paul’s life tells us that anyone can be forgiven.

    As a Christian our responsibility is to pray for those who repent, forgive them and move on.

    Nothing is too hard for God.

    If you were disabled would you want your Boss to fire you?

    I think not

    Jesse deserves to be on the ballot and it’s up to his constitutients. Period.

    God Bless you COngressman Jackson and your whole family

  4. To be fair in this whole episode, I would want a white republican to resign.

  5. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-858150

    Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. like other no good black elected officials should or must be removed from political office and public servants.

    Fault a dysfunctional black electorate using the voting process as a popularity contest as opposed to voting for an elected official who respects the oath of office, our Constitution, and the rule of law.

    For too long, in the black community, misfits unworthy of praise are promoted and respected as being heroes, a street or park can be named in his or her disgraceful honor…..

    ……while individuals in the black community truly deserving or praise for being competent and honorable are typically “kicked to the curb” and beyond by an unintelligent black community.

  6. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-855386

    Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. like other no good black elected officials should or must be removed from political office and public servants.

    ….here on the West Coast, a dysfunctional black community honor no good “native of Trinidad” former Congressman Merv “illegal immigrant” Dymally.

    Fault a dysfunctional black electorate using the voting process as a popularity contest as opposed to voting for an elected official who respects the oath of office, our Constitution, and the rule of law.

    For too long, in the black community, misfits unworthy of praise are promoted and respected as being heroes, a street or park can be named in his or her disgraceful honor…..

    ……while individuals in the black community truly deserving or praise for being competent and honorable are typically “kicked to the curb” and beyond by an unintelligent black community.

  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/jesse-jackson-jr-investigation-misused-campaign-money-to-decorate-his-house_n_1966760.html

    …..and the primary community being harmed by Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s actions is the black community and not Illinois Governor Pat Quinn or his Caucasian constituency.

    U.S. born black voters who accept the advice of Governor Pat Quinn in this instance can only fault themselves for the aftermath of paying the black community’s tax dollars to keep a misfit like Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. in office to violate the law to make use of campaign contributions to purchase his home, other personal property, and other illegal or unethical acts.

  8. http://www.fec.gov/pdf/candgui.pdf

    Federal Election Commission Campaign Guide, Congressional Candidates and Committees August 2011

    Federal Law:

    The candidate cannot use campaign funds to pay for food purchased for daily consumption inside the home or supplies needed to maintain the
    household. The campaign may, however, pay for food and supplies for fundraising activities and campaign meetings (even when they take place in the candidate’s home). 113.1(g)(1)(i)(A). (Page 54)

  9. “Yea without sin cast the first stone” Too many Christians forget that pasage. The work Christ did in Paul’s life tells us that anyone can be forgiven. As a Christian our responsibility is to pray for those who repent, forgive them and move on.

    Nothing is too hard for God.

    If you were disabled would you want your Boss to fire you? I think not

    Jesse deserves to be on the ballot and it’s up to his constitutients. Period. God Bless you Congressman Jackson and your whole family” by Dean

    ….Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., can be forgiven, but the act of being forgiven for violation of Campaign Contributions does not mean that Jesse Jackson, Jr. will remain in Congress to be paid by taxpayers.

    Finally, Christian Doctrine, the “Bible” has no bearing on the decision of whether Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. will be impeached or remain in office.

    The determination and findings of the Congressional Campaign Finance law and the penalty for being in violation of Federal Law by a Congressional Ethics Committee, and the will of the voters in Congressman Jesse Jackson’s Congressional District will determine the fate of Congressman Jesse Jackson’s public service career.

    http://www.fec.gov/pdf/candgui.pdf

    Federal Election Commission Campaign Guide, Congressional Candidates and Committees August 2011

    Federal Law:

    The candidate cannot use campaign funds to pay for food purchased for daily consumption inside the home or supplies needed to maintain the household. The campaign may, however, pay for food and supplies for fundraising activities and campaign meetings (even when they take place in the candidate’s home). 113.1(g)(1)(i)(A). (Page 54)

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