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  • Blagojevich Lawyer Seeks to Subpoena Obama Aides

    12/25/2008 4:47:33 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 14 replies · 1,308+ views
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 25, 2008
    <p>CHICAGO -- An attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the Illinois House committee considering whether to impeach the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff and a senior adviser.</p> <p>State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie said Thursday that the House committee received a letter from Blagojevich attorney Ed Genson asking it to subpoena Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and more than a dozen others, including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.</p>
  • Small Fire Reported At Rep. Jackson's Home (Jesse Jr.)

    12/25/2008 1:38:31 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies · 1,607+ views
    CBS2chicago ^ | 12-24-08 | unattributed
    CHICAGO ( A small fire started at the home of U. S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. early Wednesday on the South Side. At 12:15 a.m. Chicago Fire Department's truck 49, Engine 126 and Battalion Chief 17 responded to a fire in the 2500 block of East 72nd Street, police said. A still alarm was called for the small fire, according to Fire Media Affairs Cmdr. Will Knight.
  • Blagojevich lawyer wants Obama aides subpoenaed

    12/25/2008 11:35:56 AM PST · by buggy02 · 18 replies · 1,239+ views
    chron.com ^ | Dec. 25, 2008 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO — An attorney for the Illinois governor has asked the legislative committee considering whether to impeach the governor to subpoena President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff and a senior adviser. Ed Genson told the Chicago Sun-Times for a report published on Thursday that testimony from Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett — and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — would help Gov. Rod Blagojevich's claim that he did nothing wrong in trying to fill Obama's vacant Senate seat. Jackson, possibly "Senate Candidate 5" in federal court documents in the case, has said he did not try to cut a pay-to-play deal...
  • Blagojevich's Lawyers Seek Subpoenaes for Emanuel, Jackson Jr.

    12/25/2008 3:30:06 AM PST · by Deetes · 28 replies · 1,623+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | Thursday, December 25, 2008 | AP
    Lawyers for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich want two key aides to President-elect Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. subpoenaed, according to Chicago media reports. Blagojevich's legal team has asked the Illinois House panel that members of Obama's incoming administration testify before the House impeachment committee, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, WBBM-TV and the Chicago Sun-Times reported late Wednesday. Ed Genson, Blagojevich's chief lawyer, said testimony from the aides will prove the governor's insistence that he did nothing illegal to fill Obama's now vacant U.S. Senate seat. The news comes days after...
  • Blago-Rahma: Immunity grant sought by Jackson fundraiser

    12/22/2008 8:32:20 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 12 replies · 1,004+ views
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    The Chicago Tribune gives both Rod Blagojevich and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr some bad news.  “Individual D”, the person pressured by the Illinois governor to cough up some cash for Jackson’s appointment to the Senate, has requested immunity from Patrick Fitzgerald in return for cooperation: A key figure in Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged scheme to sell a U.S. Senate seat has sought immunity from federal authorities in return for his cooperation in their ongoing probe, the Tribune has learned.Raghuveer P. Nayak, an Oak Brook businessman and political fundraiser, is the unnamed “Individual D” who prosecutors say was being squeezed by...
  • In Blagojevich investigation, 'Individual D' seeks immunity

    12/22/2008 12:38:10 AM PST · by malkee · 34 replies · 1,932+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 22, 2008 | David Kidwell and John Chase
    Businessman and political fundraiser Raghuveer P. Nayak is Individual D in the federal complaint, sources said. Individual D was being squeezed by the governor for campaign cash, according to prosecutors, in order to appoint Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Investigators appeared at Nayak's home in Oak Brook, a Chicago suburb, the morning the FBI arrested Blagojevich, the sources said. Federal agents that day contacted a number of people connected to the case. Nayak has not been accused of wrongdoing. He declined to comment for this article.
  • What really happened with Jackson Jr., feds

    12/22/2008 6:14:28 AM PST · by randita · 8 replies · 990+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times12/22/08 ^ | 12/22/08 | Chris Fusco and Tim Novak
    What really happened with Jackson Jr., feds Congressman talked with authorities about Blagojevich but never met them face-to-face December 22, 2008 There has been a lot reported about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s cooperation with authorities since Jackson's name surfaced in the investigation of Gov. Blagojevich's alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. But some reports seem to have drawn too much from Jackson's initial statements that he'd been helping federal authorities look into possible wrongdoing by the governor. Some news reports strayed so far that Jackson's spokesman, Kenneth Edmonds, felt the need to clarify...
  • Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man (John Kass)

    12/19/2008 6:39:16 AM PST · by randita · 8 replies · 688+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/19/08 | John Kass
    Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man John Kass December 19, 2008 Click here to find out more! With so much news on the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, I almost missed an incredible aspect of this amazing case: The Jesse Junior G-Man Task Force to Fight Political Corruption thing. So I called the federal building in Chicago and asked for the Jesse Junior G-Man Task Force. "Pardon me?" asked a female federal employee. Don't be obtuse. It's been all over the national TV news, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Bud Light) working with the feds to fight corruption. So connect...
  • Is Jesse Jackson Jr. naive, honest, corrupt, or vindictive?

    12/17/2008 11:53:49 PM PST · by malkee · 14 replies · 924+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 12-18-08 | George Harris
    But out of vindictiveness, did Jackson then decide to entrap Blagojevich by getting him to ask for money in exchange for giving Jackson the Illinois Senate seat? Did he intend to report the crime to Patrick Fitzgerald? Or was the price just more than Jackson could pay for the favor, and was he overheard on wiretaps arguing about the price? If Jackson had been fully cooperating with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in setting up Blagojevich (and Jackson's spokesman says he wasn't), it seems unlikely that he would call a press conference to protest his innocence. More likely he would just...
  • Rep. Jackson Said to Have Reported Blagojevich Request

    12/16/2008 9:45:31 PM PST · by STARWISE · 60 replies · 1,924+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 12-17-08 | Peter Slevin, Kari Lydersen
    Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) told federal investigators that Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked for a $25,000 campaign contribution during Blagojevich's 2002 run for governor and may have exacted retribution when the money did not arrive, a political source close to Jackson said Tuesday. After Blagojevich (D) won, he considered and rejected Jackson's wife, Sandi, for the job of state lottery director, the source said. Later, the governor saw Rep. Jackson at an event in Washington and, according to the source, told him he bet Jackson regretted not paying up. *snip* Impeachment committee members remain uncertain what evidence U.S. Attorney...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. ratted on Blagojevich

    12/17/2008 12:06:11 AM PST · by Fred · 43 replies · 3,880+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, December 17th 2008, 12:23 AM | CELESTE KATZ
    Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been dropping dimes on his state's disgraced governor and other corrupt local pols for years, a spokesman said Tuesday. Jackson, a longtime congressman and son of the famed civil rights activist, has been pulled into the controversy surrounding Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged attempt to auction Barack Obama's now-vacant U.S. Senate seat. A Jackson spokesman, Kenneth Edmonds, said the congressman had spoken to the feds about Blagojevich and others. He wouldn't provide details, but Chicago's WLS-TV reported the congressman told investigators Blagojevich refused to make Jackson's wife director of the state lottery because Jackson would...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. tells CNN he was an "informer" NOT an "informant"!

    12/16/2008 7:28:28 PM PST · by HD1200 · 28 replies · 1,733+ views
    CNN tonight clarifying earlier reports today that Jackson was an informant working with the Prosecutor. Jackson told CNN that in 2002 he was asked for a $25,000 campaign contribution to Hot Rod's 2002 campaign to ensure a job for Jackson's wife at the Illinois lottery. Jackson said he went to the authorities and reported it at that time. Funny thing, that was the year Obama was so proud to be working for Hot Rod's Gubanatorial race! Funny how things work out, eh Democrats?
  • Spokesman: Jackson Jr. talked to feds for years (aka Snitch)

    A congressman who acknowledged being mentioned in a criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been sharing information about public corruption with federal investigators for years, a spokesman said. Kenneth Edmonds, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., told The Associated Press that the congressman had spoken about Blagojevich and others.
  • Source: Ill. gov nixed job for Jackson Jr.'s wife

    12/16/2008 3:48:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,050+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/08 | Don Babwin - ap
    CHICAGO – Shortly after his 2002 election, Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. he didn't appoint the congressman's wife as lottery director because he had refused him a $25,000 campaign donation, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Blagojevich went out of his way to say, 'You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn't give me? That's why she's not getting the job,'" the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation. Jackson's name has played prominently ever since Blagojevich...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Defends Actions in Blagojevich Scandal

    12/14/2008 5:48:12 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies · 514+ views
    Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill), offspring of Jesse (the Castrator) Jackson, Sr., insists he did nothing wrong in his negotiations with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) over the price of the senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. “I was ‘candidate number 5’ on Obama’s list,” Jackson pointed out. “That means there were four people in line ahead of me for this open seat. I had to do something to distinguish myself from the others.” The “distinguishing” action appears to have been a promise to pay a million dollars into Blagojevich’s reelection campaign. “What else could I do?” Jackson asked. “My...
  • Protesters call for Jackson Jr. resignation

    12/13/2008 6:36:07 PM PST · by melt · 39 replies · 1,990+ views
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 12/12/08 | AP via chicagotribune.com
    At least some of his constituents want embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign. About a dozen protesters stood outside his Chicago office today shouting, "Ho ho ho, Jesse Jr.'s gotta go." Protest organizer Harold Davis says he believes allegations that an emissary may have offered to raise money for Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for Jackson being appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat. Davis says Jackson has tainted the democratic process and his political career is over. Others in the south side neighborhood disagree. Several passersby shouted support for Jackson and one yelled, "Leave Jesse alone."
  • Report: Jackson Backers Sought Cash For Obama Post

    12/12/2008 6:11:12 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 2,208+ views
    Report: Jackson Backers Sought Cash For Obama Post CHICAGO (CBS) ― Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to help persuade him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published report. Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson's appointment. "Raghu said he needed to raise a...
  • Report: Jackson backers sought cash for Ill. gov.

    12/12/2008 6:25:53 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 58 replies · 3,397+ views
    Yahoo.News ^ | December 12, 2008 | YahooNews
    ABC News CHICAGO – Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to help persuade him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published report. Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson's appointment. "Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse...
  • Dan Proft: Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Loss of Innocence

    12/12/2008 9:13:30 AM PST · by JulianaJohnson · 24 replies · 1,132+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | Dec 12, 2008 | Dan Proft
    Is there nothing sadder than the loss of innocence? Some of us lose it upon learning there is no Santa Claus. For others it accompanies the death of a close friend or forlorn love. For 43-year-old Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., aka "Senate Candidate 5", loss of innocence came earlier this week when he discovered that there is something called "pay-to-play" politics going on in Illinois. Watching his press conference on Wednesday was difficult. Something in me died that day as I watched a plucky, young, silly heart thrust in front of the callous media glare that had served him so...
  • What's next for Jesse Jackson Jr.?: Rep. Jackson not yet in clear with feds in probe of gov

    12/12/2008 10:26:13 AM PST · by krogers58 · 14 replies · 638+ views
    Even though U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he has gotten a clean bill of health from federal prosecutors, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times he's not yet in the clear. Investigators want to know what Jackson knew about allegations that a Jackson "emissary" offered to raise at least $1 million in campaign contributions for Gov. Blagojevich in exchange for appointing the Democratic congressman to a U.S. Senate seat, sources say.
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson: I Was No Emissary

    12/11/2008 5:49:39 PM PST · by advance_copy · 21 replies · 699+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | 12/11/08
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. issued a statement Thursday evening, denying he had anything to do with the Illinois governor's alleged pay-to-play scheme. Jackson Sr. is the father of U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., the man called "Candidate 5" in the U.S. attorney's complaint against Rod Blagojevich. "Our office has received calls today inquiring about or suggesting that I or a member of my family served as an emissary in Governor Blagojevich's "pay-to-play" scheme, revealed through wire-taps, to fill the state’s open Senate seat," Jackson Sr.'s statement read. " It is not true. Such speculation is unfair, has no basis...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. “I haven’t Met With Rod Blagojevich in 4 years”..Problem is, video shows otherwise

    12/11/2008 2:38:30 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,250+ views
    puma08.com ^ | December 11, 2008 | PUMA Pundit
    The cookie continues to crumble… Barack Obama has chosen to surround himself with crooks and liars. It was just yesterday that Jesse Jackson Jr. soberly exclaimed that he had not met Rod Blagojevich in 4 years… I mean, that sounds odd considering the fact that Jesse is a member of the Illiniois delegation to the House of Reps, and Rod is the State governor and both come from the same party… Anyway, here’s a video taken in Denver (thanks Ace) during the Democratic National Convention in August which shows the two men not only being in the same vicinity, but...
  • (GOP Rep.)Kirk predicts Jackson indictment

    12/11/2008 12:35:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies · 2,203+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 10, 2008 | Josh Kraushaar
    Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is talking tough in an appearance on FOX News this afternoon, telling the network that he believes Candidate #5 -- later revealed to be Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. -- "will be indicted." QUESTION: OK. So you say -- you say his career is history. But everyone wants to know what is going to happen to Barack Obama ’s Senate seat. He still has the ability to appoint that position. What -- what happens next? KIRK: He does. But if he makes any sort of emergency appointment, that person will be fatally flawed. I already suspect that...
  • Jackson denies Senate bribe [I am not a crook!]

    12/11/2008 2:26:53 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 16 replies · 783+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, December 11, 2008 | Christina Bellantoni and Ben Conery
    Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. vehemently denied Wednesday trying to bribe Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich to name him to President-elect Barack Obama's old Senate seat, as Mr. Obama and all 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus called on the embattled governor to resign. Mr. Jackson's attorney acknowledged that his client was the "Senate Candidate 5" mentioned 16 times in a 76-page affidavit laying out the FBI's corruption case against Mr. Blagojevich, but he said Mr. Jackson was not aware of anyone cutting deals on his behalf. The affidavit quotes Mr. Blagojevich telling one of his advisers that he...
  • Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is ’Candidate 5’

    12/10/2008 8:37:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,798+ views
    CHICAGO (AP) – A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman is the “Senate Candidate 5” mentioned in the federal corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Attorney James D. Montgomery Sr. said Wednesday that Jackson never had a “pay-to-play” conversation with Blagojevich. The governor is accused of trying to profit from his authority to appoint a replacement to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Montgomery says Jackson “never authorized anyone to seek the governor’s support” for anything of value. And he says Jackson isn’t aware of any associates having made such an overture on his behalf.
  • Sources Say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is 'Senate Candidate #5' (BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!)

    12/10/2008 8:35:01 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 196 replies · 7,454+ views
    ABC ^ | Dec 10, 08 | BRIAN ROSS
    Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) is the anonymous "Senate Candidate #5" whose emissaries Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich reportedly claimed offered up to a million dollars to name him to the U.S. Senate, federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said today that the FBI wants to interview him as part of the investigation... Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said today that the FBI wants to interview him as part of the investigation into Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, though he says he's been told he is not a target of the probe. In this 2005 file photo,...
  • CNN BREAKING-Jesse Jackson Jr's Lawyer To Release Statement Shortly

    12/10/2008 12:12:27 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 310 replies · 13,930+ views
    TCRLAF | 12-13-08 | TCRLAF
    ON NOW! LAWYER will speak shortly
  • Jesse Jackson Jr.: ‘I Am Not a Target’ In Blagojevich Probe

    12/10/2008 2:23:52 PM PST · by jessduntno · 51 replies · 1,549+ views
    WaPo ^ | December 10, 2008, 5:12 pm | Susan Davis
    Jesse Jackson Jr.: ‘I Am Not a Target’ In Blagojevich Probe After being identified as “Senate Candidate 5” in the complaint filed in Tuesday’s arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. held a press conference this afternoon on Capitol Hill, saying he is innocent in Blagojevich’s alleged schemes to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. “Know this: I spoke to the U.S. attorney’s office on Tuesday and they shared with me that I am not a target of this investigation and I am not accused of any misconduct,” Jackson told reporters this afternoon....
  • Jesse, Jr. Shocked Blago Not Simon Pure

    12/10/2008 2:40:05 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 1,188+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If naiveté were a crime, Jesse Jackson Jr. could be looking at a life sentence. Either that, or Senate candidate 5 wasn't being completely candid in his press conference this afternoon. Jackson professed shock that Rod Blagojevich—a man who long before this week's arrest had a Katrina-sized cloud over his head—might have been conducting his Senate-seat search in accordance with anything but the most Mother Teresa-worthy standards. View video here. Excerpts from Jackson's statement:
  • Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

    12/10/2008 1:01:33 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 64 replies · 4,389+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 10 Dec 08
    A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman is the "Senate Candidate 5" mentioned in the federal corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. touts Senate credentials to Blagojevich

    12/08/2008 8:33:33 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies · 751+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 8, 2008 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Following a 90-minute audition meeting today with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. said he was confident in the process the governor is using to make his choice for a Senate successor to President-elect Barack Obama. But Jackson also touted his credentials for being Blagojevich’s choice, saying that in his 13-year House career serving the South Side and south suburbs, he has only missed two votes. Jackson also said there are three factors that the next senator must be able to fulfill. “He has to be able to legislate. Or she has to be able to legislate,” Jackson said,...
  • Obama resigns Senate seat effective Sunday

    11/13/2008 1:23:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 583+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2008-11-13
    WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama said he would resign his U.S. Senate seat effective on Sunday as he focuses on his transition to the White House. "It has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life to have served the people of Illinois in the United States Senate," Obama said in a statement.
  • Obama resigns, will miss key votes

    11/13/2008 2:57:58 PM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 19 replies · 802+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 11/13/2008 | Scott Helman
    < Back to Front Page Text size – + Obama resigns, will miss key votes Email|Link|Comments (0) Posted by Scott Helman, Political Reporter November 13, 2008 05:17 PM Four years after winning election to the United States Senate, President-elect Barack Obama announced today that he is formally resigning his seat effective Sunday, which means he won't be on Capitol Hill for key upcoming votes.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. hopes to replace Obama in Senate

    10/26/2008 4:26:43 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 43 replies · 719+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/26/08 | Alexander Bolton
    Illinois political insiders say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who defended Barack Obama after his father famously threatened to castrate him, is the favorite to replace the Democratic nominee in the Senate. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) scolded his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, publicly after his comments were caught unexpectedly on tape before an interview with Fox News this summer. But Jackson Jr.’s path is by no means assured. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) also wants to replace Sen. Obama (Ill.) in the upper chamber if he is elected president. This gives Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who must choose between an African-American political...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. hopes to replace Obama in Senate...

    But Jackson Jr.’s path is by no means assured. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) also wants to replace Sen. Obama (Ill.) in the upper chamber if he is elected president. This gives Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who must choose between an African-American political scion and a close ally of the labor movement, a difficult decision. Jackson has made plain that he would like to succeed Obama in the Senate. “If Sen. Obama wins -- and I’m optimistic that he will, I indeed would be honored and humbled to succeed him in the U.S. Senate,” said Jackson in a statement. “But, in...