Jackson On Blagojevich Sentence: ‘Sad Day For Illinois’

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was speaking out for the first time on Thursday about the 14-year sentence handed down to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, at a rally for Chicago postal workers, Jackson declared that the Blagojevich scandal has “shamed our state.”

He also said Blagojevich’s sentencing was “a sad day for Illinois, a very sad day for (Blagojevich’s) wife and for his family. No one is shouting with glee, with excitement over what happened and transpired.”

Blagojevich was convicted of trying to get $1.5 million in campaign cash from a key Jackson fundraiser in exchange for appointing Jackson to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

Jackson took the stand at Blagojevich’s trial this year. He denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not authorize anyone to offer Blagojevich campaign money.

“I never directed anyone to raise money for another politician in my life, other than myself, in 16 years,” Jackson testified.

But Jackson is facing a Congressional ethics probe into the Blagojevich allegations and for allegedly using his congressional staff to publicly campaign for the Senate seat.

Jackson admitted he wanted the Senate appointment, but said, “I’m confident I did nothing wrong.”

  • Jim Hamilton

    Jackson admitted he wanted the Senate appointment, but said, “I’m confident I did nothing wrong.”

    Thats what Blago said and yeah I’m shouting with glee, I’m happy this crook is getting what he deserves and you Jackson should be next

    The reason the tapes all weren’t played is because Jessie and Barack would start screaming racist america! and Nancy would be screaming and all the democratic party would be screaming and and Jerry Right (Thinks he’s a Reverend) He’s full of shiit would be screaming Gawd dam america, and the judge here was a C O W A R D!!

    it doesn’t matter if you vote or don’t vote in Illinois as long as Chicago can vote blue when the rest of the state votes red we’re F’d

    Support HB HJR0052

    • Cherease

      Wow that is interesting you can predict what Obama would say??/ AND THATS PRESIDENT OBAMA<Mr..hamilton

      • SANDRA

        AAAA MAN! Jim

        @ Cherease naw Jim is right. It’s not hard to predict a n i g g e r.

  • Kelly

    Justice will be served when Jr. is locked up in his own cell. This guy has a lot of nerve to make any comment on the matter considering he was the one that offered 1.5 million to buy the seat and lied under oath that he knew nothing about the money. He is too much of a fool to even know when to keep his own mouth shut.

    • LOTD

      Agreed, but he will get no more than a slap on the wrist, if that!!! He has the race card in his pocket, and just like his shake-down artist daddy, he knows how to use it!!!

      • Cherease

        Whats wrong with the race card??? Its a known fact that you guys are racist

  • A FED

    And it will be a GLORIOUS DAY when you join him…………..

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