His party's presidential win Election Day has sparked debate between those who think Jefferson's victory is a blemish on Louisiana politics and others who say he's what they need in Washington. USA Today reported Tuesday.
"There's a mixture of incredibility, a mixture of embarrassment," said Rob Couhig, a Republican New Orleans attorney who ran for mayor in 2004. "There's also a resignation that this is the way it is."
Jefferson, the first black Louisiana congressman since Reconstruction, is charged in a 16-count federal indictment with bribery, racketeering and money-laundering. He has denied the charges and maintained he did nothing wrong.
Jefferson's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 in Virginia. His re-election bid is Dec. 6.
He is expected to win in the heavily Democratic district, but a trial could lead to complications, USA Today said. If he's found guilty and removed from the House, a special election must be conducted to fill his seat, the Louisiana Secretary of State's office said.
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