It's sad to see yet another black politician convicted of violating the public trust and misleading the American people.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, and his wife, Sandi, was given a year.
That's a big fall for a guy who was sitting on top of the world and who was a great politician and rising star in the Democratic Party.
"I misled the American people....I also want to apologize to my dad and my mother," Jackson said, wiping away tears. "I take responsibility for my actions and I'm very sorry for what I have done..."
You should be, Jesse. Hopefully you will take this time to reflect on all the good you could have done for your community instead of being locked away on our dime.
Unfortunately what Jesse Jackson did is not that unusual for a politrickster. Sadly, but for the double standards in American life, many others would be under the same type of scrutiny.
Take, for instance, Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia.
"Question: How is it that the Governor of Virginia hasn’t been indicted on corruption charges?
Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell has been quick to remind everyone that “he hasn’t broken any state laws” as revelation after revelation has come out (none of which he has denied…) on an endless number of undisclosed “gifts” from a rich businessman. Nothing was “wrong” under the law, but then — whoops — he then repaid the millionaire businessman. It appears clear, as it has for months, that the Governor violated state law by not disclosing the gifts.
The repayments the Governor has now made include $52,278.17 for a “loan” to the Governors wife in 2011 and $71,837.00 for two other “loans” in 2012 as well as $15,000 to pay for the wedding of McDonnell’s daughter. That transaction had McDonnell’s signature on it. Will McDonnell repay the $53,000 a lawyer protecting him in this fiasco billed Virginia? No word on that yet.
Additionally, the governor’s wife spent money from the governor’s PAC at Nordstom’s and Bergdorf-Goodman. Sounds a lot like what former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr’s wife Sandi was prosecuted for doesn’t it? Is the U.S. Attorney in Richmond asleep? The Governor has received $120,000 in trips and gifts from a business man he then did a big favor for. The Governor hosted a product endorsement event at the the Governor’s mansion. What else has to happen for there to be an indictment?" [More]
Oh I know I know. *raising hand* Get a tan and an Afro wig?