Jackson’s defense: Because it was “not a personal benefit to me.” His penis begs to differ.
(The Hill) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. denied rules were broken when a donor purchased a plane ticket for a woman he had an affair with.
The House Ethics Committee may be probing a second allegation that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) broke House rules, according to the Chicago lawmaker.
Jackson, speaking before the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board on Monday, vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying that a campaign donor’s purchase of a plane ticket for a woman he had an extramarital affair with, though at his behest, did not break the chamber’s rules.
“[It was] not a personal benefit to me, I don’t believe, under the House rules. A benefit to the person for whom he bought the ticket. He didn’t buy tickets for me. Did I direct him? I did,” said Jackson, according to the Chicago Tribune.
News of the affair and of Jackson’s request of longtime fundraiser Raghuveer Nayak to buy at least one ticket for the woman first surfaced in 2010 months before voters decided whether to send the veteran lawmaker back to Capitol Hill.