Jesse Jackson Junior, Feeling at Home in Chicago, 2005

In March of 2005 I spent some time with Jesse Jackson Junior at the L&G Family Restaurant, one of his favorite south side diners.  After a late breakfast, we went for a walk.  Surrounded by his constituents, he spent his time chiding and bantering, smiling and waving, and praising the restaurant for its amazing jukebox.

As it turns out, 2005 was the beginning of the end.  Today CNN reported Jackson admitted “to diverting about $750,000 [of his campaign funds] for personal purposes from 2005 to 2012.”  Now all I can look at is his wristwatch –

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