During the last 2010 elections, candidates who opposed Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr all proclaimed that the voters of the district were finally fed up with Jackson's representation, and that accompanied so many local and national media pundits who also proclaimed that "Jackson was in political trouble," and voters could not escape all the negative media attributed to Jackson's name in the Obama Senate seat scandal and the front page stories about his marital problems all aimed at setting the stage for voters to unseat Jackson. But then finally came and the voters of the 2nd District gave Jackson his largest voting victory receiving almost 90% of the voters who voted in November 2010! NONE of the major political pundits who I send my political commentaries to paid ANY attention to my predictions that Jackson would overwhelmingly be reelected.
After Congressman Jackson testified in federal court today, I watched many of the local and national newscasts and there were the major political analysts AGAIN with the spin of "how bad" Jackson's testimony would hurt him politically but today after talking with over 100 local community organizers on the ground, I'll state again that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr remains strong with his core base of constituents. But a few pundits told me that Jackson will still face yet another test as this new Congressional remap will take Jackson further into the south suburbs and will be judged in two years by a brand new base of constituents. I think that he'll survive that too if he is judged not on his personal life struggles but on his hard work at bringing federal dollars and resources to the people of the 2nd district. Just his name and seniority alone gets his district automatic attention. And all the talk about him not being able to gain any new political office other than Congress, to that I say GREAT ! I have pointed out since 1995 that it was my goal to see Jackson be elected young enough to serve long enough to possibly make history as the first Black with the seniority to become Speaker Of The House of Representatives.! So for me I am glad that Jackson now has only one focus and that is to be the best Congressman he can be for the people of the 2nd Congressional district. And I am now calculating just how many more elections Jackson must survive to be in that position of seniority to become the first Black Speaker Of The House!
So let the political pundits continue with their negative analysis on the future of Congressman Jackson, but the only real issue that Congressman Jackson has to fulfill is the confidence of the voters of the 2nd Congressional district, and for now he has being doing just that and if he keeps focusing on that service to the people, the people will continue to maintain their historic Congressman.
Why Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr Never Has And Never Will Be A Final Candidate For Chicago Mayor (re-post from 9-10-2010)
One of the first community organizers to work with Barack Obama in Chicago for over 20 years. Now Associate Editor of The South Street Journal Newspaper and 37 year activist/journalist, recently selected as 2010 Who's Who In Black Chicago. (Office) or (Cell)