mel reynolds*Now that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is gone from office, his congressional seat is up for grabs.

Apparently he didn’t leave a good impression, somehow encouraging a convicted pervert to run.

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds who was convicted of having a sexual relationship with an underage campaign worker in 1995, announced his candidacy for Jackson’s old job. Not only did he have sex with a minor, but he also got caught with child porn and participating in wire fraud.

He’s going for the whole ‘I’m a better person’ thing. Reynolds spoke in front of a sign that read, “Redemption,” acknowledging that he’s made some mistakes in his life, but no one is perfect.

In the meantime, there’s word that Jackson may have gotten tipped off about the federal investigation and decided to go ‘nuts’ before he got caught up in any handcuffs.

And the plot thickens.

He resigned from his position after being reelected for a ninth term.