“It’s kind of beyond one’s imagination,” Davis told reporters. “A US$5,000 football — that’s kind of bizarre. It’s so sad and so unfortunate.”
Jackson Jr made it to the US Congress in 1995 after winning a special election triggered by the resignation of former representative Mel Reynolds, who was convicted of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. Reynolds is now vying for the seat again in a Feb. 26 Democratic primary.
Jackson Jr was a reliable liberal vote during his 17-year House career, supporting increases in the minimum wage, the expansion of environmental regulations and gay rights and, in 2008, the bailout of the teetering US financial system.
He was also an early advocate of a strict timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
He was easily re-elected in November last year, despite his absence from the district. His resignation came two weeks after the election.