Congressman Jessie Jackson, Jr. announced his resignation from Congress shortly after winning reelection November 6. Potential candidates are lining up for the open seat.
Among those seeking the seat is Mel Reynolds, a former Rhodes Scholar who graduated from Illinois, and then received an M.P.A. from Harvard and a LL.B. from Oxford.
Mel had taken time off in recent years to explore the inner meaning of life and self, almost like a contemplative monk exploring the music of the spheres.
He held the Congressional seat prior to Congressman Jackson, proving he was not a monk.
Mel Jackson won election in 1992 and was reelected by his Chicago voters in 1994 eventhough he had been indicted in 1994 for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse. Mel enjoyed the company of young women - very young women under the age of consent.
He told his constituents he was innocent. The jury on August 22, 1995 disbelieved him. The federal wire tape in which he proclaimed “I’ve won the lotto,” when told by his 16 year old mistress that she could hook him up with a 15 year old catholic girl, didn’t help his case
Mel wants to go back to Congress.
Mel Reynolds was subsequently acquitted of 15 counts of bank fraud and lying to the SEC.
He explained that it was God’s act when President Clinton commuted his prison sentence two hours before the end of the President’s term in office. President Clinton could empathize with the sexual peccadillos of the disgraced ex-Congressman.
The ex-con’s return to private life is distinguished by creditors suing him and the state of Illinois cancelling his driver’s license. His check to the Secretary of State’s Office bounced.
He admitted mistakes 18-20 years ago and announced his candidacy in front of a sign that said “Redemption.”
Let us not forget Congressman Alcee Hastings who in his capacity as a federal judge was impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office by the Senate for corruption. The ex-judge has served in Congress from Florida for 2 decades.
Mel Reynolds is highly qualified for Congress.
Wouldn't it be ironic if Mel Reynolds, as a convicted felon, cannot vote in elections, not even for himself, but could vote in Congress?