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Blagojevich Scandal: Jesse Jackson Jr. Outed as Senate Candidate 5


US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been identified as the party labeled “Senate Candidate Five” in yesterday’s affidavit against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The Chicago Sun Times, among others, reports:

“In a recorded conversation on October 31, 2008, Rod Blagojevich described an earlier approach by an associate of Senate Candidate Five as follows: “We were approached ‘pay to play.’ That, you know, he’d raise me 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made him (Senate Candidate 5) a Senator,” the affadavit [sic] accompanying Blagojevich’s criminal complaint states.

ABC news reports that federal prosecutors contacted Rep. Jackson on Tuesday. Jackson told ABC he was not the target of the investigation, and said that he did not know if he was candidate number five.

FDL will have more on this story soon.

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