The savvy, beautiful, and accomplished Mrs. Sandi Jackson, the wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr has filed her paperwork to run for Alderman against the daugther of Alderman Beavers, setting up an interesting contest and another step for the Jackson political dynasty. Mrs. Jackson, an attorney like her husband, is training director for the Democratic National Committee and a shrewd political operative in her own right. Jesse’s aborted run for Mayor set the stage for Mrs. Jackson’s assent to power.
Focused on the House of Representatives, I am hoping Congressman Jackson will use the opportunity of Democratic power to challenge his homestate colleague Rahm Emmanuel to become the next Democratic Speaker of the House. A right-wing DLC Democrat, Emmanuel would be a disaster for progressives. These two seasoned black politicians could become, in time, the most formidable black power couple in the nation. As Speaker of the House, Jackson could become the most powerful black politician in the history of the country. Especially if Barack Obama doesn’t make the next ticket. Jackson has a great set of political skills that uniquely qualify him to turn the Congressional Black Caucus around from a corporate front group into a progressive force. His actions in the coming years of Democratic control will tell the tale of his suitability and I don’t think he will disappoint.
Mrs. Jackson personifies the belief that behind every successful black man, is an equally successful and accomplished black woman.