The Rise and Fall of Jesse Jackson Jr.

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  • A Bit on the Side
  • Downhill
  • Pay to Play?
  • Disappearing Act
  • Under Investigation
  • Resignation
  • Jailhouse Blues
  • He Could Have Had It All
  • A Star Is Born
  • In Hindsight
  • Finding His Way
  • A Witness to History
  • Center Stage
  • A Higher Calling
  • Power Couple
  • A Familiar Path
  • Century Club
  • First Time's the Charm
  • Early Brush With Controversy
  • That Wasn't All
  • A Capitol Mark

Pay to Play?

In 2009, Jackson's desire to fill the seat vacated by president-elect Barack Obama was no secret. It became an impossible dream, however, after he became the subject of a federal and House Ethics Committee investigation into whether he offered then-governor Rod Blagojevich a bribe to appoint him to the Senate seat. Jackson denied any involvement. 

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