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Convicted former Rep. Mel Reynolds wants Jackson Jr's seat

Jesse Jackson

Despite leaving office in shame and being convicted twice of felonies, former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds wants his old job back.

Reynolds announced Wednesday he is running for the 2nd district congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jackson resigned last week, he said, to battle his ongoing struggle with bi-polar disorder.   He also acknowledged he's under investigation for misuse of campaign funds.

Reynolds, Jackson's predecessor, resigned from office in 1995 after he was convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker.  Later, he was convicted of fraud for lying on a loan application.

Reynolds told reporters Wednesday it's what a person does after he makes mistakes that is important.





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