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  Rep. Jackson fires off gripes against Daley
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jul 03, 2005 11:23am
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Sun-Times
News DateSunday, July 3, 2005 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn his sharpest attacks to date, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) harshly criticized Mayor Daley on Saturday, saying his administration was plagued by "corruption and greed and malfeasance,'' and said the mayor's father was closer to average voters than the current mayor.

Before a boisterous crowd of a few hundred supporters at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters, the atmosphere had the feel of a campaign rally. But Jackson said he hadn't made up his mind on whether to run for Daley's job in the 2007 election -- although he did say any candidate would need at least $4 million to unseat the mayor. He would not give a timeline for making a decision.

Jackson also took jabs at other elected officials, including state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, whom he accused of dragging her feet on weighing in on the legality of transferring state land for a third regional airport; state Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago), Jackson's former political rival, who Jackson said hasn't done enough for his South Side district, and the Illinois Democratic Party in general for being too beholden to corporate interests.
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