CHICAGO (AP) - A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the
congressman is the "Senate Candidate 5" mentioned in the federal
corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Attorney James D. Montgomery Sr. said Wednesday that Jackson
never had a "pay-to-play" conversation with Blagojevich.
The governor is accused of trying to profit from his authority
to appoint a replacement to fill President-elect Barack Obama's
Montgomery says Jackson "never authorized anyone to seek the
governor's support" for anything of value.
And he says Jackson isn't aware of any associates having made
such an overture on his behalf.
Montgomery says Jackson learned he was mentioned in the
complaint against Blagojevich the night before the governor's
arrest on Tuesday.
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