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"And what does it say about his [Jesse Jackson Jr.] district that its voters will almost certainly reelect (overwhelmingly) a man who hasn't shown up for work in months, tried to hide from them the ailment that has kept him away, can't demonstrate that he'll be capable of representing them when and if he ever returns, and shows such undeniable contempt for them by failing to offer even an explanation?" -- William Jacobson

Wait! -- there's more:

The Jacksons recently put up their $2.5 million Washington, D.C., home for sale, to help pay medical bills, they said. The family has a house in Chicago too.

Hang on. The Jacksons have a second home worth two and a half mill? Congressmen are paid less than $200,000 annually. To buy a second home worth that much (let alone a first one that's presumably as nice), Jesse must have really raked in some private-sector dough before becoming a congressman. Maybe, like fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel, as an investment banker, right?

Well, no. His congressional bio says that he has both a masters in theology and a juris doctor, but he's apparently never preached or practiced law.

Before he became a congressman, Jackson worked at Daddy's National Shakedown, er, Rainbow Coalition on a voter-registration project. Still doesn't explain the millions in real estate. Is it possible he collected some cash from his Nigerian narcotrafficker buddy?,_Jr.

Jackson's earliest public controversy came when he was linked to alleged Nigerian drug trafficker Pius Ailemen. Ailemen was supposed to be Jackson's best man at his 1991 wedding, but canceled at the last minute due to supposed passport-related issues. Jackson's name and pictures were included in San Francisco, California press accounts of the arrest, which resulted from an FBI investigation. The investigation and court proceedings extended for several years. The wiretap included many conversations between the two and financial records indicate that Ailemen had purchased an Alfa Romeo using a $13,000 charge on Jackson's credit card.

Of course it's always possible that his loot comes from his wife. As a Chicago alderman, she doesn't earn all that much. Unless you count the perks that corrupt Chicago aldermen don't list on their tax returns.

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