Halvorson Drags Robert Blagojevich Into Election Fight Against Jackson

CHICAGO (CBS) — With former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson far behind in the latest polls in her efforts to unseat Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Halvorson is asking for some help in bringing down Jackson.

The person Debbie Halvorson is asking for help: Robert Blagojevich, the brother of soon-to-be imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Months ago, Robert offered to testify before the U.S. House Ethics Committee, which is investigating Jackson Jr.

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The panel is looking into allegations that Jackson fundraisers offered to give more than $1.5 million to the former governor in exchange for appointing Jackson to the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Jackson has denied any knowledge of such an offer.

The House Ethics Committee also is looking into whether Jackson misused funding for his Congressional office to mount a public campaign for the Senate seat.

Halvorson called a news conference Tuesday to say that Robert Blagojevich should spill what he knows about Jackson and the Senate seat.

“I am appealing to Robert Blagojevich to come forward to inform the voters of just what are those truths that you know about Jackson and haven’t talked about,” Halvorson said.

An attorney for Robert Blagojevich says: “He has made a public statement already. And he is not going to get involved in a local political campaign.”

A spokesman for Jesse Jackson Jr. campaign had no comment.

  • tom sharp

    We all know that the last thing the Democrats in Illinois want is the truth. Just ask Madigan, Jesse, White, et al who all were heavily backing the bribe taker Derrick Smith.

  • bruce irvins

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.

  • ra

    SHe should be able to win on her own and stop trying for the tricks to get elected

    • Sue

      What tricks? Don’t we deserve to know the TRUTH?????Why are all of these political hacks banding together when they know that Jesse is dirty. Everyone knows Jesse is dirty and it is going to come out sooner or later. As someone who lives in this district, I want it to come out BEFORE we send him to Congress AGAIN. Anyone with any sense would want the same thing.

      • ra

        This shows she ‘s not worth getting my vote either

      • ra

        Yes he’s dirty and the feds will take care of him but if she wants to be the congress woman then she should win on her record not trying for a Jerry Springer episode

    • tom sharp

      What are you people smoking??? You think Blago and Jackson are innocent!? Get real! Jackson should be in jail!

  • Michael

    I do not believe that Congressman Jackson will be held accountable for trying to buy the Senate seat. I believe that the Congressman was wearing a wire and was granted immunity for his actions. The U.S. Attorney moved so fast, in the arrest of the Governor, because he was about to appoint JJ Jr. to the seat. The appointment would have ruined the case, by entrapment. This is what Robert knows, and regrettably will not share with the voters in the 2nd District.
    Michael … A new voter in the 2nd district

    • tom sharp

      Really Michael???? What can I say–wait until Santa comes down the chimney and tells you whom to vote for!

      • Michael

        Tom … Thanks Man … I’ve already voted. Just trying to hold the Congressman accountable, one vote at a time … Michael

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