Notes from the Now

(Former) Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. [Updated]

In Chicago on November 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

I snapped this picture of  Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. when I saw him speak in January of this year at the Rainbow Push Coalition and have to say that seeing/hearing him in person was the first time I really understood why he was such a big deal.  In Chicago, we’re used to the second generation (the Daleys, the Strogers, etc.) not always being overly impressive as speakers or commanding as personalities, but Jackson Jr. was both.   It made it even more incomprehensible that someone as remarkable as the congressman would get involved with the Blagojevich’s of the world.

All said, I’m thinking of this as a tragedy – evenif it is one that turns out to be largely the congressman’s own doing.

One of the best articles I’ve seen on the Congressman was written before the election (and this entire story took a sharp turn) was in the NY Mag – “Jr. – Who Thwarted the Ambitions of Jesse Jackson’s Son”.

Definitely worth checking out.

Update:  “Recognizing the Long Arc Of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Congressional Service” at the Nation merits a read!

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