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Jesse Jackson Jr. Won't Run for Mayor



    Jesse Jackson Jr. Won't Run for Mayor
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    Jesse Jackson Jr. said Monday that he will not make a run to replace Richard Daley in the mayor's office.

    The Chicago Democrat released a statement to the Chicago Tribune saying that he has "many friends and colleagues" that may run for the office.

      "I will continue to work hard on behalf of the people of my district, as I have for the past 15 years, to bring federal resources to Chicago and the South Suburbs for transportation, health care, education and economic development projectt," Jackson said in his statement, according to the Tribune.  "I will continue to work toward the construction of the Abraham Lincoln National Airport and the 15,000 jobs it will create by the time it opens for business."

    He said he would not make an endorsement for the office.

    Jackson's reputation was recently tarnished after reports surfaced that he had an affair with a Washington, D.C. restaurant hostess.