Jesse Jackson, Jr. endorses Quinn as Ill. gov.

January 8, 2010 4:38:07 PM PST
Governor Pat Quinn picked up the endorsement of Congressman Jesse Jackson, in his race to be elected for a full term. Jackson says he likes the governor's push for jobs. But for Quinn, the endorsement could hold some political risk.It was Congressman's Jackson's first purely political news conference in over a year. He called it to endorse Gov. Pat Quinn in the February 2nd primary because Quinn has promised to support south suburban issues including the construction of a third airport near Peotone.

"Governor Quinn wants to build the airport as fast as humanly possible. I believe him and we will help him," said U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., (D) Chicago/South Suburbs.

"It is extremely important that the people of the south suburbs of Chicago know that they are, that my heart is ever at their service," said Quinn.

Since former governor Rod Blagojevich's December, 2008 arrest on corruption charges--including trying to sell Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, Jackson has kept a relatively low-profile in the media. The congressman--who wanted to be appointed to the Senate by Blagojevich...denies any involvement in the alleged seat selling plot but he could be a witness in the case and is currently under investigation by the house ethics committee.

Governor Quinn was asked if he was concerned that if he wins the primary. Friday's endorsement by Jackson might backfire this summer during Blagojevich's scheduled trial.

"I believe that Congressman Jackson is a man of honor, in my opinion, always will be. I have known his family," said Quinn.

Jackson insisted he did know the status of the House ethics investigation and does not worry about causing harm to Quinn's campaign or his political future.

"I have always been concerned about jobs for other people. And never concerned about a job for myself," said Jackson.

Quinn has swept the endorsements of Congress members who represent the city of Chicago.