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Jesse Jackson Junior continues push for reelection, but remains a no show

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 05:13:10 CDT
By: IPR's Alex Keefe

Jesse Jackson Junior continues push for reelection, but remains a no show
     Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior has until the end of business today to take his name off the November ballot, but that seems unlikely.
     IPR's Alex Keefe reports:

   


Today is Jesse Jackson Junior's last chance to remove his name and still have Democratic Party bosses handpick a replacement candidate. Over the weekend, he blasted a robocall out to constituents, and didn't sound like he was ready to bow out.

JESSE:   "I am anxious to return to work on your behalf, but at this time it is against medical advice."

The congressman is now headed back to the Mayo Clinic, where he's been treated for depression and other health issues. But his wife and campaign manager - Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson - said earlier this month her husband won't drop out at the last minute.

SANDI: "No last minute switcheroos. He would never do that, and I would never, uh, want that for him.

The congressman is also facing a House ethics investigation, and is reportedly the target of a separate federal probe. For now, Jackson faces Republican Brian Woodworth and Independent Marcus Lewis on the November ballot.

   

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