Reynolds to challenge Jesse Jackson Jr.

Oct. 7, 2003 at 8:22 PM

CHICAGO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former Congressman Mel Reynolds announced Tuesday he will try to regain his U.S. House seat from his successor, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.

It was only a few years ago that then President Bill Clinton commuted Reynolds' jail sentence for sexually assaulting a minor, child pornography, obstructing justice and an additional charge of tax evasion.

The Illinois leader said after his release from prison that Rev. Jesse Jackson had offered him a job consulting the Rainbow Coalition/Push organization's efforts to help jail and prison convicts.

Reynolds was first elected in 1992 when he ousted former Congressman Gus Savage. He remained in Congress until 1995, when he resigned after being convicted.

At the time, the National Organization for Women released a statement saying, "Reynolds has undermined the trust of the voters who elected him to office, and his convictions (are) incompatible with continued service as a public official."

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