U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is in hot water in both his political and personal life after his reported involvement in two different scandals.
Reports have surfaced that Jackson was involved in the scandal to buy President Obama’s former Senate seat, while also having an affair with a Washington, D.C. restaurant hostess.
According to The Chicago Sun Times, Raghuveer Nayak, a fundraiser for Jackson, told authorities that Jackson asked him to offer former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich $6 million to appoint Jackson to the vacated seat.
Jackson released a statement earlier this week refuting these claims and saying he’s already addressed the allegations with the authorities and that they have not charged him.
“The allegations about fundraising and the Senate seat are not new,” he said. “I’ve already talked with the authorities about these claims, told them they were false, and no charges have been brought against me. The very idea of raising millions of dollars for a campaign other than my own is preposterous. My interest in the Senate seat was based on years of public service, which I am proud of, not some improper scheme with anyone.”
Nayak also told authorities that he paid for Giovana Huidobro, a hostess at Ozio Lounge, to fly from Washington to Chicago at Jackson’s request. According to the Chicago Tribune, Jackson also spent $31,500 out of his campaign fund at the establishment for fundraisers as well as lunch and dinner.
Jackson declined to comment on the allegation.
“The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago,” he said. “I ask that you respect our privacy.”
Jackson, who is said to be mulling a possible run for mayor of Chicago, may have to rethink his strategy. While he may be embroiled in the allegations, it will be very difficult to campaign if he is charged either in court or in Congress.