Chicago politics and redemption

30 Nov

Mel-Reynolds-sizedHere’s an interesting mind exercise.

When is long enough?

If you do something stupid and illegal, when has enough time gone by that you have redeemed yourself?

Ten years?

Case in point:

Democrat Mel Reynolds held the 2nd Congressional District seat from Chicago in from 1993 until October 1995.

It all came crashing down when he was convicted of several sex-related charges, including having sex with an underage volunteer campaign worker.

And while he was in prison, he was also was convicted of federal financial and campaign fraud charges.

Pretty bad stuff.

Reynolds is now asking voters to look at his congressional experience instead of his criminal record as he runs for the seat once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jackson resigned due to mental health issues and a special election will be held.

He acknowledges having made “mistakes” in the past and he’s asking voters to “re-elect” him so he can finish his work on in the US House.

Reynolds also says his convictions were almost 20 years ago, and that shouldn’t be a life sentence.

“The fact of the matter is, nobody’s perfect. Look at the entire history of me, including what people do after they make mistakes.”

Remember, this is Chicago politics, where Democrats always win and politicians seem to be forgiven for almost anything.

Would you vote for someone if they (supposedly) cleaned up their act for 20 years?

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