Saturday, October 13, 2012

Despite federal probe, mental illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. expected to be re-elected - Chicago Sun-Times

Tom Serafin invokes God’s Blessings as explanation for Illinois Voters comfort with crooks, boodlers, and the other cast of characters we send to Springfield and Washington.

That’s because in Chicago, even an indictment doesn’t automatically mean the end to a career. Case in point is state Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat who was charged with taking a $7,000 bribe and won the Democratic primary with 77 percent of the vote.

Smith was expelled from the Illinois chamber but remains on the ballot. If he wins re-election, the Illinois House of Representatives will need to find different grounds on which to expel him.

Jackson is “blessed with a constituency that overlooks all of his absences,” Serafin said. “I don’t think he’s in jeopardy of not being re-elected, even if something more serious came down the pike right before the election.”

Despite federal probe, mental illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. expected to be re-elected - Chicago Sun-Times

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