December 13th, 2008
06:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Jesse Jackson Jr.: 'I want my name back'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says neither he nor any emissaries offered favors in exchange for a Senate appointment."]
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Friday that he was fighting to get "my name back" after he was identified as "Senate Candidate 5" in a criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Jackson, the son of famed civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and a six-term Democratic congressman from Chicago, had publicly sought to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Jackson had talked to Blagojevich, the person with the sole power to make the appointment, on Monday, just one day before federal agents arrested the Illinois governor. Jackson said he only presented his credentials and polling information that suggests he could win re-election in 2010.

Jackson said he had fought corruption "since day one" but said he could not serve as Illinois senator until his name was cleared in the public eye.

"While I would be honored to serve the people of this state, it is clear to me that I am no capacity to serve them if there is a cloud over my head that seems to suggest that I am involved in some unscrupulous scheme to be a United States senator or anything else," Jackson told CNN's Don Lemon.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Barbara - Atlanta

    I believe the Congressman and would think he would be the best candidate for the job.

    This governor and his wife are the most narcisstic people on the planet of this earth!

    December 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. anthony brown

    Sure we believe you....this is the first of many to want to come clean only after they got caught. Where is Rev. Jackson in all this controversy?

    December 15, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |