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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Allegations

An Affair?  A Senate Seat Payoff?

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being touted as having the same proclivity as his father, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Jesse Jackson, Sr and wife, Alderwoman Sandi Jackson.

Allegations that Jackson, Jr. had an affair with a DC restaurant hostess have resurfaced for the young Chicago representative who said earlier this week that, "This reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago. I know I have disappointed some supporters and for that I am deeply sorry."

His wife, Sandi Jackson, Alderwoman for the city's 7th Ward, who Jackson did not apologize to in the above-mentioned comment, called the allegation "not new."

"Today's public disclosure is not new and is one that my family and I have been privately addressing for two years. Therefore, I would hope that the public and the media will respect our family's right to continue to handle this matter privately."

Jackson's father, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., had an affair and fathered an illegitimate child during his extramarital affair with Karin Stanford, former head of Jackson's Washington office for Rainbow/PUSH.   Stanford relocated from Washington to Los Angeles shortly after the affair became public. Jackson, Sr., who counseled Bill Clinton during his affair with Monica Lewinsky has not commented on the allegations of his son's infidelity, but has been very vocal on just about every other issue including the treatment of LeBron James by Cavalier owner Dan Gilbert, to comments made by Mel Gibson to then girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

Sandi Jackson and husband, Jesse Jackson Jr., have made comments that they both plan to run for mayor of Chicago. This comes on the heels of current mayor Richard Daley announcing he will not seek a 7th term in February's mayoral election.

If the report is true, Jackson, Jr. will have to face additional scrutiny on allegations that in 2008 Jackson attended a meeting where an Indian-American businessman offered to raise $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign. Prosecutors allege the fundraising would have been in exchange for Blagojevich appointing Jackson to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

Jackson, Jr. An Informant?

In other high profile 'men of questionable honor, and recently shamed' news, Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Linthonia, GA has been charged with coercing three men to have sex. The defendants also charge that Long used his mega-church position to build a strong personal bond with them, by taking them on trips and giving them lavish gifts. They said the church leader convinced them that sex with him was part of a healthy spiritual life. They also have claimed that Long violated his legal responsibility as a spiritual adviser.

Bishop Eddie L. Long
Long denies the allegations and was scheduled to give a press conference earlier today, but later cancelled.

Long said he will make remarks during this Sunday's church service, but did in a written statement say, "But my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. All I ask is your patience while we categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges. As I have done for thousands of others over decades of preaching, I ask for your prayers for me, my family and our church."

Long rallied at a 2004 march against gay marriage at the site of the future Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic site in Washington, D.C.  

Photos.  Accuser Video.

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