Deep-seated doubts about Jesse Jr.'s seat

Savage ran for re-election anyway and played the victim/race card, and while it embarrassed his district, it worked. He won.

Later, in an unrelated job-trading scandal, he went on a tirade against news reporters. He accused a prominent Chicago TV journalist of wearing women's underwear. He accused another TV guy of molesting little boys.

Good times. Fun times. Nothing beats Chicago politics.

Unfortunately for Savage, he lost to the reformer Mel Reynolds.

Reynolds was later caught up in two separate scandals. He did prison time on federal fraud charges, and he also was convicted of an improper sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. When that girl told Reynolds that a 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl also might have sex with him, he memorably replied, "Did I win the Lotto?"

And now Reynolds is making noises as if he'd like another run.

What's his campaign slogan? "Vote for Mel, win the Lotto"?

Jackson took the House seat after Reynolds. He had no experience, but he did have a powerful father. He was installed, like human furniture, the Chicago Way.

Most of you know that Jackson jammed himself up with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the plot to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Jackson was never charged, but anyone with a brain harbors questions about his role in the matter.

Later he ran into other forms of trouble, including a blond bikini model and a federal probe of campaign expenses.

Now there's a free-for-all for his job. And Rep. Davis wanted to remind the candidates of their obligations.

"I'm just saying to them that you're not going to fool the public. You cannot do it. This position is too important. You cannot go to Washington and just be a social butterfly or a person who's enjoying the ladies."

No indeed. Holding the 2nd District seat is a sacred obligation, as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

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