Is Satan Thwarting Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Re-Election Bid?

Debbie Halvorson fires back Tuesday against Jackson camp, asking why the congressman hasn't renounced assertions by one of his pastor backers that she's backed by "demonic forces."

Pastor Willie James Campbell opened a campaign event for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. this week by decrying the "Satanic forces" arrayed against the congressman in his Democratic primary fight.

“We stand together, united behind this congressman, who stands in the forefront, battling political demonic forces that would keep us from receiving that which you have ordained for us to have.”

Campbell, the pastor of St. James Ministries, Church of God in Christ, implied that God has ordained Jackson be re-elected to Congress and all those who oppose his campaign are doing the devil's work.

“God has men in place that can go into spiritual warfare against every demonic force that comes to disrupt and divide people of God,” Campbell said. “We want the devil to know you’ve already lost. There’s no way in the world you can win with men of God who stand before the Lord’s people, coming together united and saying to the devil, ‘You are defeated.’ ”

Rick Pearson, reporting in Clout Street on ChicagoTribune.com, writes that Jackson and his campaign have declined to comment on the remarks, uttered Monday at a South Side campaign event, nor denounce them.

Campbell later told Pearson that Halvorson herself wasn't "demonic" but that she was "selfish" and "looking out for herself."

Tuesday afternoon, Halvorson's campaign issued a statement to supporters and the news media.

"Desperate politicians do desperate things to save their own jobs. And right now, Congressman Jackson is desperately trying to save his job. After 17 years of putting himself before the people and failing to deliver, the people want change," Halvorson wrote in an e-mail.

Halvorson, a longtime state senator and one-term congresswoman, is challenging Jackson in the March 20 Democratic primary. She says she's running because many people in the 2nd District believe Jackson hasn't accomplished much while in office.

Jackson has been embarrassed recently by a congressional ethics investigation, accusations that his supporters tried to trade money to convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich for Jackson's appointment to the U.S. Senate, and revelations about marital infidelity.

Last week, WBEZ reported that Jackson's congressional staffers may have used government resources on campaign-related communications.


Is Jackson getting desperate? Do you think accusations that Satan is trying to derail his re-election have a place in the campaign? Tell us in the comments.

Tom March 05, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Mr Mosby did mention in an earlier comment that Aunt Martha's got 20 million so I guess the rest of it goes into Jesse's office for postage and office expenses. How has the other 920 million helped us out? I guess bringing his mistress to the U.S. does get rather expensive, what with the cost of airfare and motel rooms.
Tonto March 18, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Just another pimp type like jesse jackson, Al Sharpton who pimp the black race. None have ever held a job have they?
babyboomer March 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I hope everyone gets out to vote and gets this JR outta here!!
Chicagoheightsmike March 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM
@babyboomer, For heaven sakes yes Debbie has to win. Without her in the Statehouse anymore and Congress. Her hubby lucrative business deals will soon dry up. I see she is also a lobbyist with his company now huh? How did Hubby number two come about again??? Dont throw stones when you are in a glass house, remember that rule?
Steve Burke March 19, 2012 at 02:21 AM
@Chicagoheightsmike-- can you try that again in english, please?


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