Oh, someone's going to have some fun with this. Hey, why not me.
Convicted felons running for alderman in Chicago are nothing new, but political experts can't recall any convicted sex offenders running for Congress.
"Offhand, I don't know of any," said Ian Stirton, a spokesman for the Federal Election Commission. "I don't think it would be particularly [something] you would want to emphasize in your campaign literature."
I'd say not.
Probably not, but it is one of the campaign issues facing former Rep. Mel Reynolds.
The South Side Democrat announced Tuesday he will try to reclaim the congressional seat that he gave up in 1995 after he was convicted of sexual misconduct, child pornography and obstruction of justice relating to an affair he had with a campaign volunteer who was a minor. The seat is now held by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
A Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate, Reynolds was also convicted of federal charges of bank fraud and lying to the FEC about misuse of campaign funds.
All that and he's out and ready to challenge the Shakedown King'sTM son? Hey, how did he get out of prison this soon, anyway?
He served five years in prison before President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence as he left the White House in 2001.
Oh. Yeah, that would explain it. In fact, I seem to remember that one.
Doesn't he think that being a registered sex offender might hurt his chances?
"Well, so what?" Reynolds said. "And what would you like me to do about that? That is a requirement of the law. What is that going to do to me? How does that affect my life?"
Well, I would think it would affect him a great deal, but what do I know? For all I know this might even help his chances, although I doubt it.
Hey, come to think of it, how did he get that pardon anyway?
Jackson and his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, both wrote letters urging Clinton to grant Reynolds clemency. The senior Jackson also hired Reynolds as a consultant to the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition after Reynolds' release. State Sen. James Meeks, an ally of the Jacksons, also hired Reynolds to work at Meeks' huge Salem Baptist Church.
So the Jacksons got him released and made he sure he got job, but now Reynolds is going to try to get the younger Jacksons job. Doesn't that seem a bit cold?
But Reynolds insists he is not biting the hands that fed him.
Of course not.
Oh, if this wasn't entertaining enough, read the rest. There is much more.