New questions about Jackson and Senate seat

September 21, 2010

by Jeff Coen

New details emerged today that raise a fresh round of questions about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s role in the Senate seat scandal that brought down former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, even as the congressman contemplates a run for mayor of Chicago.

An Indian businessman with ties to Jackson and Blagojevich told federal investigators the congressman asked him to raise campaign money for Blagojevich in hopes the then-governor would appoint Jackson to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, sources familiar with the investigation told the Tribune. 

The allegation contradicts Jackson’s assertion that he did not direct such an effort. It surfaced in the Chicago Sun-Times today,  just days after Jackson did broadcast interviews saying he had nothing to worry about from the federal investigation that led to Blagojevich’s trial on charges he sought to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder.