Why African-American Voters Still Support Jesse Jackson Jr.

By | November 19, 2012

As many wait to see whether Jesse Jackson Jr. will agree to a plea deal in the investigation of allegations that he misused campaign funds—and as Jackson himself reportedly awaits news on whether he’ll get disability pay if he indeed does resign—an even larger question looms for the voters of Jackson’s 2nd congressional district in Illinois.

Where do they go from here? Jackson was elected to his 10th term in Congress last week, even as he struggled with health issues and an ongoing ethics investigation. Though he didn’t campaign for reelection as he was receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and depression, his loyal base of supporters voted the embattled congressman back into office again with seemingly little reservation.

“I like him, that’s why I voted for him again,” says Delores Washington, who lives in Jackson’s district in Chicago. “We all have issues and we all have to fight some demons in our life one way or another. Who am I to judge?”

Apparently that was the prevailing sentiment among many African Americans as they cast their votes on Nov. 6. Washington and others say that the son of civil-rights icon Jesse Jackson Sr. served them well over his many years in Congress, and for that they owe him a great debt. (The Daily Beast)

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