From Comments Section On Gateway Pundit
AKA Melvin Jay Reynolds, Sr.
US Congressman, Illinois 2nd (1993-95)
Rainbow Coalition (2001-)
Salvation Army halfway house resident, Chicago 2001
Rhodes Scholarship 1975
Assault Chicago 17-Aug-1989, charges dropped
Solicitation Chicago 17-Aug-1989, charges dropped
Obstruction of Justice convicted Aug-1995
Statutory Rape convicted Aug-1995
Child Pornography convicted Aug-1995
Fraud (bank fraud) convicted 1997
Wire Fraud convicted 1997
Perjury convicted 1997
After he was released by Clinton he was given a job by Jesse Jackson to work with criminals and youths in his church group the rainbow coalition. When convicted on child pornography and Statuary rape the following was how CNN described him.
‘Reynolds was unrepentant, continuing to deny guilt and claiming he was the victim of a racist, politically motivated prosecution. “When they shackle me like they shackled my slave ancestors and take me off to jail,” he told the court, “nobody will see me crawl.”‘
He also has a history of accusations by his wife of abuse. A real classy winner, he’ll fit in when he gets back into congress.
It Figures. Ex-Con and Child Sexual Predator Wants to Fill Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Seat
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 4:48 PM
And, no doubt, Democrats will vote him right back into office.
Former Representative and child sexual predator Mel Reynolds wants to run for Jesse Jackson Jr’s seat in Congress.
He told reporters today, “Nobody’s perfect.”
The Chicago Tribune reported:
Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said he will ask voters to focus on his congressional experience rather than his state and federal criminal record as he announced his bid today for the seat held by Jesse Jackson Jr., who has resigned.H/T Gateway Pundit
At a downtown hotel news conference, Reynolds acknowledged having made “mistakes” in the past. For his campaign, he will try to assume the mantle of an incumbent while also seeking redemption from voters. Red and white campaign signs urged voters to “re-elect” Reynolds “so he can finish the work” while another stark red sign with white letters said simply: “Redemption.”
Reynolds held the 2nd Congressional District seat from 1993 until October 1995, when a Cook County jury convicted him of several sex-related charges, including having sex with an underage volunteer campaign worker. While serving time in state prison, Reynolds also was convicted on federal financial and campaign fraud charges. President Bill Clinton commuted Reynolds’ sentence to time served in 2001.