Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Vacated Congressional Seat Attracting Many Would-Be Successors

Though it’s only been three days since Jesse Jackson Jr.’s abrupt resignation from Congress, about a dozen potential names have already been floated in numerous media reports on the future of the Chicago Democrat’s now-vacated seat.

One potential name — Sam Adam Jr., former defense attorney for R&B singer R. Kelly and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — didn’t even wait for Jackson’s Wednesday resignation to throw his hypothetical hat into the ring. Reports began to circulate almost two weeks ago that Adam was potentially interested in the seat, were it to become available.

Another seemingly unlikely Jackson successor — the unpopular former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger — is also weighing a bid for the seat, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday, the race for which political consultant Delmarie Cobb, formerly Jackson’s press secretary, said is “going to be the Wild Wild West.”

Toni Preckwinkle, Stroger’s successor, is also considered to be another possible candidate for the seat, according to the Associated Press.

Read more: Huffington Post


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