Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who has been out of the public eyes for the past four months due to illness, is now under investigation for alleged misuse of campaign funds. The money was reportedly used to redecorate his house.
The FBI began making inquiries surrounding the 47-year-old Illinois Democrat prior to his hospitalization in June for depression, according to a New York Times report -- which also states that Jackson, who won his first election in 1995, is seeking another term in office.
Jackson, the son of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, first came under federal scrutiny in 2008 after being mentioned in connection with the case of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell the senate seat that Barack Obama vacated when he became president.
Jackson, who reportedly aspired to be mayor of Chicago or U.S. senator, was not charged in that case.
However, his efforts to join the senate have been part of an ongoing House ethics investigation looking into claims that a longtime friend and supporter of Jackson offered Blagojevich significant contributions to appoint him to the seat.
Meanwhile, Jackson's Republican opponent in the November election, Brian Woodworth, said in a statement that "there is a cloud that surrounds this man."
Said Woodworth: "It should matter. One cannot assume guilt of course, but the flip side is how perception affects the district and the state."
Source: The New York Times