A fear of losing federal health insurance may have been the determining factor in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s decision to remain in office, according to a CBS 2 report.
Jackson had been considering resigning from the position before the election, but he and his wife were talked out of the idea by a trusted legal adviser, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports. The prospect of losing the health insurance "just when he needed it most" was part of the reason Jackson reconsidered, the legal adviser told Levine.
Jackson is currently the subject of a criminal investigation regarding his campaign spending and a congressional ethics investigation.
Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported yesterday that Jackson has been in talks with federal investigators to negotiate a plea deal. Should Jackson plead guilty to a felony, he would have to give up his seat, in which case there would be a special election.
Cook County Clerk David Orr told CBS 2 the election schedule leaves ample opportunity for a special race if there needs to be one.
“The feds are smart," Orr told Levine. "They understand taxpayers, they understand the issues. So all I’m saying is I want the people to understand that we do have existing dates for February and April, and if at all possible – if this happens, which we don’t know – it would be nice that we could save the taxpayers money.”
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