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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned from Congress in November, is writing a memoir to clear up his legacy, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jackson has pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds and will be sentenced on June 28th.
A source reportedly told the Tribune that Jackson is trying to “clear up” his legacy and is in the process of writing a memoir because he “has nothing else to do right now” and is “desperately trying to change the narrative of his life story.”
Although Jackson is a published writer, the literary agent who spoke with the Tribune, Gail Ross, said Jackson might have a hard time finding a publisher now.
“To get big money you’d need a publisher who is really, really interested in his story,” Ross said. “Most people I work with don’t want to line the pockets of a crook.
“Maybe someday he’ll write the redemption story, but he can’t write the redemption story until he’s redeemed,” Ross added. “Redemption has to be beyond the magnitude of the crimes.”
Jackson wrote a financial book with his father called “It’s About the Money” in 1999, and another book in 2001 called “A More Perfect Union”, which proposed new constitutional amendments.
Although a publisher might be hard to find now, it may become easier for Jackson after some time has passed and his plea deal is no longer in the news.
Jackson faces up to five years in jail for his misuse of campaign funds.