The Chicago Way

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Mel Reynolds, an ex-con convicted of bank fraud and having sex with a 16-year-old girl when he was in his 40s, wants to replace the embattled Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.

Standing in front of signs that read “Redemption” Reynolds held a news conference on Wednesday saying he would run in a special election after Jackson resigned in disgrace last week in the midst of a federal investigation.

It was Reynolds who Jackson replaced 17 years ago —in a special election — after Reynolds himself resigned in disgrace after his conviction.

“It’s what you do after the mistakes,” Reynolds said, adding that his crimes were “almost 18, 20 years ago,” and shouldn’t be a life sentence. “I want to serve.”

The worst part is he very well could win. In fact, if he wins the primary, it’s a sure thing he’ll win the special election.

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25 Responses to The Chicago Way

  1. myiq2xu says:

    If he wants to serve then send him back to prison to finish his sentence.

  2. yttik says:

    Good grief.

    We should just incarcerate all our congresscritters. I bet if they were all locked up for four years, they’d pass a budget.

  3. DandyTiger says:

    Maybe the Dems will decide he’s our next savior and will run him as president.

  4. DandyTiger says:

    Love the septic tank analogy. Whereas much of politics can be viewed as that, most just take their candidates from the scum layer. In Chicago they go all the way down to the sludge layer.

  5. AniEm says:

    I know there’s been a lot of talk about secession, but is it possible to kick Chicago out of the union? We’ll even retain the rest of Illinois.

    • piper says:

      But we love taking the train to Chicago, spending the day there buying goodies, visiting the museum, eating in Chinatown then sleeping on the train back to Wisconsin.

  6. piper says:

    OT – get your sticky fingers off my SS – we don’t like cat food in this household – neither me nor pupster. We barely tolerate canned dog food.

  7. catarina says:

    Reynolds’ predecessor, Gus Savage, had some issues too:

    Jackson leaves behind a 2nd Congressional District that elected him to nine full terms. Voters are left to take stock of their history. Jackson succeeded U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who resigned in 1995 after being convicted of sexual misconduct, child pornography and obstruction of justice.

    Reynolds followed Gus Savage, a longtime congressman who courted controversy and was the subject of a U.S. House Ethics Committee investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

    • leslie says:

      In a radio interview (that I heard this morning) Reynolds boasted that even with an indictment over his head the last time (17 yrs ago) he won over 90% of the vote. He stated he is positive he’d win again today.

      He’s probably correct. There’s tradition to be followed in that district.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Eat cake peons ! Not confirmed yet, but the plan is 20 days at a cost of 4 million to taxpayers for travel, staff and security.

    We’re reminded that the Obamas didn’t get their summer vacation this year due bad optics during the campaign 😉

  9. HELENK says:

    to be a politician in Chicago and to represent Illinois don’t you have to be crooked???? Isn’t that a requirement??? A jail sentence on your resume always helps.

  10. HELENK says:

    this is the first one so far. an injunction against hhs contraception mandate

  11. HELENK says:

    soon the peons will not even be allowed to ” eat Cake”
    free will is going to cost more

  12. HELENK says:

    aren’t the progs all for green energy and good environmental companies?

    another do as I say not as I do moment.

  13. 49erDweet says:

    Back to the septic tank analogy. It is apt.
    Look again. There is no drain. It must be pumped out with a suction hose. Can’t wait for that to begin in DC.

  14. fif says:

    He CAN serve, but why does he think that means he should be in public office? Go work at a food bank. Sheesh.

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