Ald. Sandi Jackson: 'I am not resigning"

December 11, 2012

Angelica Robinson

AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
File: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson at a polling station on Friday, March 9, 2012, in Chicago.

Alderman Sandi Jackson (7th Ward) said she’s not resigning from her City Council position and she’s not running for her husband’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“My constituents are people who depend on me to be there for them and I will continue to work hard on their behalf,” Jackson said. “I intend to finish my term."

Her husband, former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned last month. In his resignation letter, Jackson acknowledged that he is under federal investigation for the first time.

Since then, there’s been talk that his wife could potentially replace him in Congress. Jackson knocked down that rumor outside of a city council meeting Tuesday.

“I really wish people wouldn’t pay attention to rumors,” Jackson said. “This is not reality TV... this is real life.”

She also addressed her attendence record in city council. Before this year, Jackson said she's rarely missed a city council meeting — but this has been a tough year.

"I can't control when sickness happens," Jackson said. "I don't think anyone would blame me for trying to be a good wife and trying to be by my husband's side when he was hospitalized."

Jackson said she hasn’t decided who she will support in the special election.