Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Wife Rules Out Bid for His Old House Seat

Sandi Jackson says she intends to continue serving as a Chicago alderman.

Posted: 12/12/2012 04:31 PM EST

(Photo: UPI/Brian Kersey /LANDOV)

Before Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress for health reasons and faced a federal investigation of alleged misuse of campaign funds, rumors swirled that his wife Sandi would be a perfect fit for his House seat. But the Chicago alderwoman has put that idea to rest.

"No. I am not a candidate for Congress," she told reporters Tuesday. "I intend to remain an alderman."

She also said the only thing that would cause her to leave her current position would be a catastrophe, like getting hit by a bus, but would not say whether the prospect of her husband serving a prison term as part of a plea deal with the feds would fall under that category.

"I'm not going to entertain questions like that, I really am not," she said.

Her decision to not seek higher office doesn't necessarily mean that after 17 years, no Jackson will represent the district in Congress. The former lawmaker's younger brother Jonathan, a college professor, is considering a bid to replace his brother, who is struggling with bipolar disorder.

Several others also have expressed interest in the position, including former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, whom Jackson replaced after a scandal; State Sen. Toi Hutchinson; and former NFL linebacker Napoleon Harris, who was elected to be a state senator and hasn't even been sworn in yet.

The primary is scheduled for Feb. 26, and the special election will be held on April 9.


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