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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:25 PM

Former US Rep. Mel Reynolds plans another run for Congress, wants to replace Jackson

Source: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Convicted former Congressman Mel Reynolds is running for the job he held before he was replaced by Jesse Jackson Jr.

At a Wednesday news conference, Reynolds announced that he's joining the increasingly crowded field running for the seat Jackson vacated last week, citing his ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder.

Reynolds says he deserves another chance to represent the district and thinks voters will give him serious consideration.

Reynolds resigned from office in 1995 after being convicted of having sexual relations with an underage campaign worker. The Democrat also went to prison after being convicted of fraud for concealing debts to obtain bank loans and diverting money intended for voter registration drives into his election campaign.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-il--jackson-resignation-reynolds-20121128,0,7215897.story



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Reply Former US Rep. Mel Reynolds plans another run for Congress, wants to replace Jackson (Original post)
Freddie Stubbs Nov 2012 OP
lunasun Nov 2012 #1
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2012 #5
Historic NY Nov 2012 #2
jaysunb Nov 2012 #3
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2012 #4
Dudette Nov 2012 #6
lalalu Nov 2012 #7
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #8
kossp Nov 2012 #9
former9thward Nov 2012 #17
kossp Nov 2012 #19
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #10
Sienna86 Nov 2012 #11
AKing Nov 2012 #12
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2012 #14
alp227 Nov 2012 #13
ParkieDem Nov 2012 #15
dembotoz Nov 2012 #16
AngryAmish Nov 2012 #18

Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:39 PM

1. Todd Stoger too eegads

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Response to lunasun (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:37 PM

5. Slinking away in disgrace, never to be heard from again, seems to be a lost art.

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:57 PM

2. Can't they find someone shiny & new....really.

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:04 PM

3. Oh no ....



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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:34 PM

4. Mel "Did I Win the Lotto?" Reynolds.

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Triple Facepalm

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:56 PM

6. When did it become okay for convicted felons

... to run for office (muchless for people to actually VOTE for them)?

Go away! Shoo!

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:58 PM

7. I bet he wins. They reelected Jesse jr.

 

It's the Marion Barry syndrome. I live in a city and see it all the time and it isn't exclusive to the black areas. It's just weird and then the people complain about the politicians.

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:09 PM

8. Um, nnnnno.

Maybe they can bring back the anti-Semite Gus Savage instead.

:eyes"

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:40 PM

9. Wait, wut?

 

He can run despite being a convicted felon? He's not precluded from political office because of his convictions?
Is this true?

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Response to kossp (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:37 PM

17. The Constitution says the House solely determines the qualifications of its members.

There is nothing in the Constitution denying felons the right to be elected to federal office.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:58 PM

19. Thanks for the information.

 

Some how this doesn't seem right, maybe this issue needs to be looked at and debated.

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:59 PM

10. Thanks, but NO!

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:00 PM

11. States may prohibit a convicted felon from holding State office....

But I can find no prohibition at the federal level.

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:43 PM

12. An absolute disgrace! Mel Reynolds arrogance knows no bounds....

I live in this district and this race was going to be an embarrassment anyway,but with Reynolds now entering this just takes it too a whole new level. Fox news and the rest of the wingnut crowd are going to have a field day with this,thanks to this creep.

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Response to AKing (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:53 PM

14. You kind of have to wonder who's putting up the campaign money for him. Hmm...

Who'd want to run against a big name with a lot of major negatives?

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:51 PM

13. No no no no no, a million times NO!

Sheesh, as if Chicago politics didn't have a worse reputation.

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:59 PM

15. Good Lord.

This is like the Republicans running Dane Crane or Mark Foley. Please, Chicago, don't let this happen.

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:17 PM

16. bill maher said a romney victory would provide endless easy material for folks like him

don't think he needs to worry

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:51 PM

18. We need Gus Savage in this post

Seniority and wisdom.

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