Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rep. Jackson breaks silence about Ill. politics

Now the South Side representative tells ABC7 he is sick of the sideshow that has swallowed the state of Illinois.

"This embarrassing episode in Illinois politics needs to end," said Jackson.

The Democratic representative broke his silence Saturday with harsh words for embattled Sen. Roland Burris, specifically Burris' struggle to come up with a consitent story about his dealings the Blagojevich regime in the weeks leading up to his appointment.

"What's the message we are sending our children with the half truths and deceptions? So, let the chips fall where they may," Jackson said.

The congressman stopped just short of calling on Burris to resign, but he joined Sen. Dick Durbin and President Obama in saying Burris should quickly provide a full account of conversations with Blagojevich and his allies and then consider his options.

Burris is continuing his silence in the center of the storm. It's a position Congressman Jackson can relate to.

"There was no one on my staff whatsoever authorized to serve as an emmisary to me with the governor of the state of Illinois, " Jackson said back in December 2008.
I expect that Congressman Jackson isn't the only one.

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