The man who held the seat Jesse Jackson Jr. assumed in Congress wants it back. Mel Reynolds served in Congress from 1993-1995. He was chased from office and sentenced to prison for having an affair with a 16-year-old campaign worker. Later, Reynolds was convicted of multiple fraud charges and served more time in prison.
After his release, Reynolds challenged Jackson in 2004. Jackson got 88% of the vote. With Jackson’s resignation, Reynolds wants to take another shot at going back to Washington, DC. It’s a crowded field, but his chances are not good. No one should be disappointed in that. Reynold’s explanation for his previous failings is less than riveting.
“The fact of the matter is, nobody’s perfect,” said Reynolds.
Maybe not, but most people can do better than Reynolds has done.