Wow! Jesse Jackson Jr was charged and pled guilty to conspiring with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign funds for personal items – furs, a Rolex watch, home renovations, et al.
He conspired, lied, and committed mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors are asking for a jail term of between 46 and 57 months, a fine and forfeiture of the stolen funds.
His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, who only last week said she felt she was thrown under the bus by her husband, will plead guilty to a tax offense. [Politico]
This is a major fall. He is crashing and burning but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got out of jail and was re-elected because our electorate doesn’t seem to care about character in politics.