Jefferson to Seek Re-election

Posted June 17, 2008 at 5:08pm

Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) announced Tuesday that he will run for re-election in November despite being the target of federal bribery charges.

Jefferson said he will run on his record of providing assistance to his constituents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and other successes he has had during his nine terms in office.

“The fact that I am the target of an overly-zealous prosecution has not prevented my delivering for our district and our state,” he said in a press release. “We are mounting a forceful attack on the government’s false factual allegations and its flawed legal theory, and we are going to continue to insist that I receive a fair trial. My family and I are going to fight these charges, and in the meantime, we are going to fight for you.”

Jefferson’s trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is tentatively set to begin on Dec. 2, but has been delayed several times.