Published Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:50 AM
Well, followers of politics were probably aware that disgraced Democrat former Illinois U.S. Congressman Mel “Did I Win The Lotto?” Reynolds definitely has a penchant for things “junior,” but this is a different turn. Going with a theme of “Redemption,” Reynolds, is now seeking the Congressional seat of Democrat Jesse Jackson, Jr.,
Jackson, Jr. just resigned from Congress in scandal, after being caught and, for whatever reason, not getting a get-out-of-scandal-free card (like all too many Democrats) for misappropriating campaign funds to buy luxury furnishings for his Washington, D.C., home and other personal purchases. (Jackson also spent several recent weeks being treated at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues.)
Reynolds, a Democrat, was convicted in 1995 on several charges, including having sex with an underage volunteer campaign worker, in the process making famous the phrase “Did I win the Lotto?”
“The Lotto” obviously didn’t work out quite as well for Reynolds as it apparently has for two purchasers of tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri which contained the numbers 5, 16 [note: 16 is the number of years old Reynolds’s nookie provider was], 22, 23, 29 and (Powerball:6) to win the record $587.5 million jackpot yesterday.
As NBC Chicago explains, in a piece titled “Opinion: Mel Reynolds’s Horniness Opened Door For Obama”:
Reynolds, then a second-term [Democrat] congressman from the South Side, was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old he’d met during his 1992 run for Congress. [The Democrat] Reynolds had spotted the girl while driving around the district and pulled over to chat, even though he was supposed to be politicking and she was too young to vote. Soon after, she joined his campaign as volunteer and mistress. Two years later, the girl confessed to the affair to her next-door neighbor, who happened to be a Chicago police officer.
The state’s attorney set up a phone-sex sting. While sitting in a prosecutor’s office, the girl called Reynolds and told him she couldn’t make their tryst because she had to babysit.
“What you gonna wear?” Reynolds prompted.
“Well, my peach underwear, like you told me to. I was hoping we could do something really special but I see that’s not going to happen, I guess.”
“I was definitely gonna f—,” Reynolds said.
“Right in my office. I was gonna masturbate too.”
At the panting congressman’s urging, the girl spun a story of sex with a lesbian lover. When Reynolds asked if the other woman would be willing to do a threesome, the girl said no – but she knew a 15-year-old girl who might. A 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl.
“Did I win the Lotto?” Reynolds exclaimed.
Surrounded by signs Wednesday that simply said the word “Redemption,” Reynolds is hoping to get some love from voters in the 2nd Congressional District.
“I’ve said it and I’ll say it again: I’ve made mistakes, but that was 18, almost 20 years ago,” said Reynolds. (Editor’s note: there is no truth to the rumor that Reynolds also said: “Besides, what’s the big deal about what happened? She’s way over legal age at this point.”)
Reynolds apparently emphasized the word “mistakes” rather than admitting guilt, noting that “a two, three, four, five, six year sentence whatever you get, shouldn’t be a life sentence” (assuming — probably correctly — assuming that his audience was too stupid to be aware of the difference between being stuck in prison for the rest of one’s life and not being reinstated into Congress at some point during the rest of one’s life).
Reynolds was also convicted in federal court for corruption.
It should be noted that Jackson, Jr., despite being the son of Karin Stanford’s baby daddy, was, in terms of his lack of scandals related to sex, a bit of an improvement over the two previous Congressmen in Illinois’s 2nd District (one of those where Barack Obama in many precincts got, you know, 100.0% or more of the vote). Before Reynolds, the seat was held by (openly anti-Semitic and anti-white) Democrat Congressman Gus Savage, who was condemned by the House Ethics Committee for sexual misconduct.
The most egregious sexual charges against Jackson, Jr. to this point merely relates to his use of campaign funds to buy a $40,000 Rolex watch for a mistress. (That investigation is currently being run by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.)