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Jesse Jackson Jr. to Face Congressional Opponents

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Ever since Jesse Jackson Jr. testified in Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial, cracks are appearing in the congressman's political future.

    Ward Room hears Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is now considering running against the second district congressman. And according to Capitol Fax, Beale is not denying interest in the race.  

    Another possible opponent is Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th). Former Congressman Debbie Halvorson is another maybe against Jackson, as well.

    Back in 2009, Jackson's efforts to secure President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate were questioned, though he denied any involvement and said he had done nothing wrong. 

    On the stand during Blagojevich's retrial in May, Jackson said Bill Lipinski asked him in 2002 to contribute $25,000 to Blagojevich's campaign. Jackson said he told him, "no chance."

    After another meeting, Jackson said Blagojevich addressed him. "In classic Elvis Presley style, he snapped both fingers, looked back at me and said, 'Should have given me that $25,000,'" Jackson testified.