Is Satan Thwarting Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Re-Election Bid?

Debbie Halvorson fires back Tuesday against Jackson camp, asking why the congressman hasn't renounced assertions by one of his pastor backers that she's backed by "demonic forces."

Pastor Willie James Campbell opened a campaign event for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. this week by decrying the "Satanic forces" arrayed against the congressman in his Democratic primary fight.

“We stand together, united behind this congressman, who stands in the forefront, battling political demonic forces that would keep us from receiving that which you have ordained for us to have.”

Campbell, the pastor of St. James Ministries, Church of God in Christ, implied that God has ordained Jackson be re-elected to Congress and all those who oppose his campaign are doing the devil's work.

“God has men in place that can go into spiritual warfare against every demonic force that comes to disrupt and divide people of God,” Campbell said. “We want the devil to know you’ve already lost. There’s no way in the world you can win with men of God who stand before the Lord’s people, coming together united and saying to the devil, ‘You are defeated.’ ”

Rick Pearson, reporting in Clout Street on ChicagoTribune.com, writes that Jackson and his campaign have declined to comment on the remarks, uttered Monday at a South Side campaign event, nor denounce them.

Campbell later told Pearson that Halvorson herself wasn't "demonic" but that she was "selfish" and "looking out for herself."

Tuesday afternoon, Halvorson's campaign issued a statement to supporters and the news media.

"Desperate politicians do desperate things to save their own jobs. And right now, Congressman Jackson is desperately trying to save his job. After 17 years of putting himself before the people and failing to deliver, the people want change," Halvorson wrote in an e-mail.

Halvorson, a longtime state senator and one-term congresswoman, is challenging Jackson in the March 20 Democratic primary. She says she's running because many people in the 2nd District believe Jackson hasn't accomplished much while in office.

Jackson has been embarrassed recently by a congressional ethics investigation, accusations that his supporters tried to trade money to convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich for Jackson's appointment to the U.S. Senate, and revelations about marital infidelity.

Last week, WBEZ reported that Jackson's congressional staffers may have used government resources on campaign-related communications.


Is Jackson getting desperate? Do you think accusations that Satan is trying to derail his re-election have a place in the campaign? Tell us in the comments.

Chicagoheightsmike February 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Oh yes. I did see where the LWV meeting was cancelled.
mr lahey February 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Darlene is right on.....get rid of the old and bring in the new. Halvorsen's record? I would guess considerably more moral and honest than the spawn of an undisputed race baiting, lying, philandering absentee deadbeat dad who is a know fabricator and opportunist. Why won't anyone in the press ever adress these issues?. What will it take for us on the south side to at least TRY someone different . This experiment has failed miserably. People please...it's time to try something other than the headbanging that's happened for years. There are better choices out there! How many more boarded up buildings.... bad roads....urban blight....it seems to me that at least some things got done in the days gone by, but not anymore...Everything's dirty in our towns...no new businesses....people don't get involved....the only way to change is to change! God bless Aunt Martha's mission but really its just a small blip on whats happening here. Mr. Jackson has had his chance and to most the footprint of his legacy doean't look to promising. Time for a change!
nick February 23, 2012 at 04:23 AM
After trying to buy Obama's Senate seat , Jackson was named one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress by the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for his role in the scandal.[208 ^ Bartosik, Matt. "Burris, Jackson Are Among "Most Corrupt"". The Black Collegian Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
nick February 23, 2012 at 04:28 AM
On September 21, 2010, Jackson said of his affair with Peruvian Giovana Huidobro: "is a private and personal matter between me and my wife " [209](Associated Press). The Peruvian hostess was flown to Chicago twice by political fundraiser Raghuveer Nayak one month before the 2008 November election in a bid to see if Jackson would pony up $6 million in exchange for an Illinois senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ihBaum1pWZItl5DWpBV8NG0uwsNwD9ICJG1G0
nick February 23, 2012 at 04:34 AM
On August 1, 2007, Jackson got into a verbal disagreement with Rep. Lee Terry, a Republican from Nebraska on the House floor. Jackson stated in floor debate that "Republicans can't be trusted" and Terry responded with "shut up" before approaching Jackson. Jackson then spoke profanities and challenged Terry to step outside, presumably for a physical fight. Steve Rothman helped avoid escalation to actual physical confrontation.[220] Martial artists throughout the Omaha, Nebraska area (Terry's district) called to inquire about Jackson's mindset and intentions.[219] Jackson says Terry was the instigator.[219] Terry says Jackson was at fault, but the two shook hands the next day and agreed to move forward in the interest of their constituents.[221] However, a week later an unidentified man who claimed to be a Jackson relative walked into Terry's Omaha office saying he was Jackson's hitman who had come to beat up Terry, which led to FBI involvement.[222] Although the story was covered in the Washington Post, and Omaha World-Herald, neither the Chicago Tribune nor the Chicago Sun-Times covered any part of the story.[223] Morton, Joseph (2007-08-02). "Lee Terry, Jackson go toe-to-toe on House floor". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
Wendell Mosby February 23, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Nick. I'm sure Debbie has some skeletons that she'd prefer be kept buried too...
WillIam Tell February 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I am also embarrassed to say I'm from this part of Illinois because it has become a Socialist State we need to get the Democrats out of power before they have us in jackboots marching to Mein Führer. Let's build a wall around Cook County and make it the prison it tries so hard to be.
Jeff February 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
The problem with religion is that statements like this are impossible to refute. It's no different from the Republican candidates who claim that Satan is taking aim at us because of liberal policies. It has exactly the same truth value.
Chicagoheightsmike February 23, 2012 at 02:04 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-2ndcd-20120223,0,7564270.story Seems the Tribune is not impressed with Halvorson either. "Halvorson is alarmingly unqualified to represent the district."
Michael ... "A New Voter in the 2nd District" February 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, I suggest that everyone keep in mind what this "election" is about. It's about what is best for the 2nd Congressional District. As a registered voter, I intend to make my opinion known, when it counts, on the 20th of March. An informed, and participating electorate is what is best for "our'' District, State, and Country. I Think, Therefor I Vote, hope to see you all at the Polls.
Wendell Mosby February 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
"Jackson ran circles around Halvorson in our interview, showing a 16-year incumbent's command of the issues." Chicago Tribune... WOW
Sean Christopher Harrison February 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
It's about time clownish clergy on both the left and right started loosing their tax exempt status for this type of naked political endorsement.
mr lahey February 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Phoney storefront churches is how we got in the mess we are in now. Remember sheep will vote for sheep. People like him rely on the uneducated voter. Don't let this fade away...tell your friends and neighbors constantly about this man's indiscretions and his lousy record. Do some reasearch on what he supports, and unless you are a take-from-the-producers liberal you will be surprised. He has had his chance and we need to go in a different direction. Halvorsen's best qualification? She's not him!! The second distirct is circling the flushing toilet bowl...time to shake the handle.
Tom March 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I just read in the Chicago Tribune that Nancy Pelosi is backing Jesse Jackson Jr. That gives me one very big reason to vote against him,the devil isn't trying to thwart his run, the she devil is backing his run.
nick March 04, 2012 at 03:14 AM
JJ Jr's legal problems http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XzvXkUSPaI&feature=related
babyboomer March 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I was totally shocked when I say Pelosi endorsing JR. The Dems must feel really deperate. I am an Independant and I will vote Democrat in the primaries to get Jackson outta here. He has not done anything for the district. He needs to go!!
babyboomer March 04, 2012 at 03:26 PM
All Republicans and Independants need to vote Democrat in the Primaries in this area to get JR gone!!
Chicagoheightsmike March 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
"The Dems must feel really desperate." Ummmm, Debbie Halvorson is also a Dem Correct?
Chicagoheightsmike March 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
So you want Republicans to channel their important vote for the presidential primary in order to bump (1) one congressman from his seat. That is not going to happen in anyway lol.
Tom March 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Yas Mike she is also a Dem but not a machine Dem
babyboomer March 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Yes, but just in this district. It just depends how much you want to get rid of her. I am an independent so I have no problem with it. Romney will win downstate, and it doesn't matter about Chicago.
babyboomer March 04, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The Dems had no problem with it in Michigan. I am an independant, so I will go with who I like in either party. We need a third party to represent the majority of people in this country. Let the Tea Party have the Republican party, I can't support them.
Mr. Jack March 04, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I'd like to know when The Patch will be providing information about all of the candidates in the March 20th primary...in all political parties. It will give people a chance to look a bit deeper into all of the candidates, their beliefs, philosophies, voting record, etc. Or, at least provide some links and impartial places where we can get information. Thanks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) March 04, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Hey, Jack. If I'm not mistaken, we're going to be rolling out our Election Central pages this Tuesday.
Tom March 05, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Nancy Pelosi bragged about how much good JJJr has done, apparently she spends a whole lot of time in the 2nd dist and has seen where 940 million dollars went . I have one question, Where did the money go Jesse? maybe you and Nancy have worked out a deal to spend it wisely.
Tom March 05, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Mr Mosby did mention in an earlier comment that Aunt Martha's got 20 million so I guess the rest of it goes into Jesse's office for postage and office expenses. How has the other 920 million helped us out? I guess bringing his mistress to the U.S. does get rather expensive, what with the cost of airfare and motel rooms.
Tonto March 18, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Just another pimp type like jesse jackson, Al Sharpton who pimp the black race. None have ever held a job have they?
babyboomer March 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I hope everyone gets out to vote and gets this JR outta here!!
Chicagoheightsmike March 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM
@babyboomer, For heaven sakes yes Debbie has to win. Without her in the Statehouse anymore and Congress. Her hubby lucrative business deals will soon dry up. I see she is also a lobbyist with his company now huh? How did Hubby number two come about again??? Dont throw stones when you are in a glass house, remember that rule?
Steve Burke March 19, 2012 at 02:21 AM
@Chicagoheightsmike-- can you try that again in english, please?


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