September 21st, 2010
10:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Rep. Jackson 'deeply sorry,' admits 'social acquaintance '

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said he is 'deeply sorry' regarding a 'social acquaintance' that may have disappointed some supporters.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said he is 'deeply sorry' regarding a 'social acquaintance' that may have disappointed some supporters.

(CNN) – A Chicago businessman told federal investigators that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. asked him to pay for a Washington, D.C. restaurant hostess to fly between Washington and Chicago multiple times, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

Jackson told the paper he was "deeply sorry" that he had "disappointed some supporters," in a written statement.

"The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago. I ask that you respect our privacy," Jackson said in his statement.

Jackson's wife also appealed for privacy in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.

"Today's disclosure, one that my family and I have been privately addressing for several months, is a very private, painful and unfortunate situation. Therefore, I would hope that the public will respect our ongoing personal handling and healing from this matter," Sandi Jackson said.

If Nayak did pay for flights at the request of the Jackson, it may be considered a violation of the House gift ban, which forbids members of Congress from receiving gifts valued over $50.

The Sun-Times also reported that Raghuveer Nayak told the F.B.I. that Jackson asked him fundraise $6 million for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

In the written statement to the Sun-Times, Jackson dismissed the allegations.

"The allegations about fund-raising and the Senate seat are not new. I've already talked with the authorities about these claims, told them they were false, and no charges have been brought against me. The very idea of raising millions of dollars for a campaign other than my own is preposterous. My interest in the Senate seat was based on years of public service, which I am proud of, not some improper scheme with anyone," the statement said.

A House ethics panel said it would investigate Rep. Jackson last year for allegedly launching a "public campaign" to be appointed to the Senate seat. The investigation was deferred at the request of the Justice Department because of the criminal indictment against Blagojevich. In August, the former governor was convicted of lying to federal agents on one of 24 counts brought against him by the government.

Jackson's office has not responded to requests from CNN for comment.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Another DIRTY BIRD just like his dirty father!

    September 21, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Fletch

    The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree...he's a slime ball just like his old man the "reverend".

    September 21, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. mtrought

    So you guys prefer this guys story than the witchcraft and lao tribemans story being carried by the (Wrong) sorry I mean the people who call themselves Right

    September 21, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. thomas

    If it's true , he must step down !

    September 21, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. Midwestmatt

    I'm a Democrat and this DISGRACE needs to step down NOW.

    September 21, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. Pierce

    Hey, Jr.! Better men have done what you did.

    Men like MLK and your dad, Jesse. They all partook of the flesh.

    Runs in the family, I guess.

    September 21, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Carol

    Like father, like son.

    September 21, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    chip off the old block....

    September 21, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. Malt

    Give him his privacy. Also, there is no need to vote for him–nothing to do with the affair, but the fact that he has no clue what he's doing.

    September 21, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. John G

    Sorry Jesse!

    It's the 21st century and you'll have as much privacy in this matter as Mark Sanford did on the Appalachian trail!

    If you cheat on your wife and you are a high profile individual, you have no privacy, it's the rules these days.

    Anything less than full media coverage of this will prove once and for all that the media is biased toward the left.

    September 21, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. Rafael

    This guy needs to go!

    September 21, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. Name just like dad

    I,m tired of hearing about the social injustices that the Jackson's cry about. Why don't they try to practice what they preach. Father and son who both had affairs cmon, these are suppose to be pillars of the community. I don't think so!!!

    September 21, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Like father, like son.

    September 21, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. warren

    How hypocritical that the "Jackson 2" love to impose their 'morals' and value judgments upon society and others while they continue to spend the money of followers to underwrite their own illicit affairs at the emotional expense of their own wives and families...like father, like son.

    September 21, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Blake

    Sorry Jessie, as long as you continue to serve the public as a member of Congress you have no private life without scrutiny. Your screw ups and cover ups are public information. Not something you can ask that they not be probed into.

    Time to step down and follow in the discredited footsteps of your father.

    September 21, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. Chalupa

    OK, so he didn't try to get bribe Blago to appoint him as senator and he was just allowing this waitress to visit Chicago. Sounds like he should be re-elected. Like father, like son.

    September 21, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. John from LA

    Boy the apple doesn't fall far from his dad's tree!-He needs to go!-another corrupt Chicago Thug!-First Blago and now this-Bye Bye!

    September 21, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  18. RG-TX

    Why Jackson?

    Just because you are a Democrat, it doesn't mean you ought to be let off easy (from public scrutiny). First, it was your father, now you – like father, like son?

    We rake Republicans over the coals for their umpteen misdeeds, and as Democrats, we ought to hold to those same standards.

    You have no business in public office. Give that up, and seek a private life.

    Jeez – you guys can't ever stop letting us down!

    September 21, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. Texas Progressive

    I suspect he'll be looking for Jesus to initiate the born-again procedure. That always seems to work for politicians – especially the religious bunch. "Forgive me Jesus, for I have been caught..."

    September 22, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  20. lacy

    the apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it?

    September 22, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. whatelse

    Why should he deserve privacy more than anyone else? He's finally got his own chickens coming home to roost...
    How far the mighty continue to fall!

    September 22, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  22. OBAMA YOU CAN'T STAND THE TRUTH!!!

    Just like them immoral Democrat Obamanite followeres over seventy percent can't even prove their country of birth or who their father was must less do aything but set on their porch wihile drinking wine with their mouth running condemning a mother about her daughter who happened to get caught with a sorry man like them.

    September 22, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  23. Marvin

    Like father, like son.......

    September 22, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. Jim in Idaho

    Another Reverend Jackson....another scandal. Big surprise......(yawn)

    September 22, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. Jason

    Wow! Another Jesse Jackson cheating on his wife. How surprising..... NOT!!! And I hardly believe that he isn't guilty of trying to scam his way into a Senate seat. Let's get this moron out of office!!!

    September 22, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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