On the one hand, the lawmaker won't let his father open a headquarters for his organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, in the 2nd district. But the Congressman also attended a Rainbow PUSH forum this month where he received the endorsement of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).
As the sun set on a defunct Kankakee railroad station outside his campaign office, Jackson sentimentally described how his 70-year-old father still calls him every day. He acknowledges it will probably take some time for his new constituents to warm up to him.
"There will be a courting period of who is Jesse Jackson, Jr.?" he said. "'Are you your Dad's son? Is your Dad coming to everything?' It takes a term, maybe two, that's been my experience, for people to say, 'Hey, this guy is doing the job objectively.'"
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.