Opponent calls Jesse Jackson Jr. “absentee congressman”

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An opponent of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in this fall’s election called for the congressman’s resignation on Monday, saying Jackson is unfit to serve the district.

Anthony W. Williams, a write-in candidate of the 2nd Congressional District, complained Jackson is out of touch and outright absent from the district — an absence, he argued, that began well before his June 10 health leave.

“We have an absentee congressman,” said Williams.

Williams, of Dolton, complained about Jackson spending his time in Washington D.C. rather than paying mind to issues in the district.

“I’m asking him to campaign or resign,” Williams said. “You can’t have it both ways.”

Williams is the pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Robbins.

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