Another hot scandal in the news. This time, here in Chicago–again. Actually, it’s a double scandal that involves one single guy in hot water up to his neck: Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Fresh off the trial of Rod Blagojevich, Chitown, along with the former governor just can’t seem to stay out of the news, whether it’s directly or indirectly. And with Blago comes an additional side story highlighting a cast of characters. This is really unfinished business all centering around that now infamous Senate appointment.
Seat for sale! Senate seat for sale! Who wants to buy a “high profile” Senate seat in Springfield, once occupied by the governing President of the United States, Barack Obama? It goes to the highest bidder, just in case you’re interested.
Apparently, Jesse Jackson, Jr. was. According to Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak, that’s exactly what he was instructed to do–buy that seat. Here’s how it all went down: Nayak met with the Jr. Jackson on Oct. 8, 2008, who directed him to Rod Blagojevich with an offer of $6 million for the coveted Senate appointment.
Nayak obliged, meeting with brother Robert Blagojevich three weeks after getting instructions from Jackson. Nayak offered the former governor’s bro $1 million up front, then $5 million on delivery, after Jackson was in. Sitting in that Senate seat. Robert Blagojevich declined the offer, according to his testimony during the Blagojevich trial.
That’s Nayak’s account to the FBI. Jackson’s response to the allegations? “Preposterous.”
Jackson, the Congressman of the 2nd District of Illinois, denies any wrongdoing, indicating he never authorized Nayak to confront Robert or Rod Blagojevich with a proposition to use campaign cash in order to purchase a Senate seat. Didn’t happen, captain. Hmmmm…
Part Two of this double scandal. Nayak opened up with more juicy details, telling the feds that he purchased two airline tickets for Giovana Huidobro, a “social acquaintance” of Jackson’s at his request. How do you like that? Check out the new name “social acquaintance”. Is that what they call mistresses now? He was flying her all the way from Washington, D.C. to Chicago to be “social”? More importantly, what’s a married man doing with a “social acquaintance” of the female persuasion anyway? Watch video here.
As a matter of fact, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Huidobro flew to Chitown on several occasions, at Jackson’s request. When the hostess of Washington, D.C. restaurant Ozio was interviewed she wanted to know, “How did you get my name?”
Maybe I should pass on a website I recently came across, schoolofdating.com to Jackson. (Warning: the language on this website is rated X and extremely explicit). In Lesson 101, Wife and Girlfriend, the instructor explains there is no such thing as men with “female friends.” In this case, let me use the correct terminology–“social acquaintances”. Especially if they are hot, sexy, and beautiful. I don’t think an explanation is needed for this one.
For his part, Jackson says he’s “deeply sorry” about his relationship with Huidobro.
Some experts claim the relationship could pose ethical questions for the politician who was setting his sights on a campaign bid for the mayoral seat.
Neither Jackson nor Nayak has been charged. Nayak is a family friend of his dad, Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as in business with Jonathan Jackson, the congressman’s brother.
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