Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the
congressman is the ``Senate Candidate 5'' mentioned in the federal
corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Attorney James D. Montgomery Sr. said Wednesday that Jackson never had a ``pay-to-play'' conversation with Blagojevich.

The governor is accused of trying to profit from his authority to appoint a replacement to fill President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he is not a target of the investigation that led to this week's arrest of Blagojevich.

Jackson told reporters in Washington he spoke with the U.S. attorney's office Tuesday. He says he was told he is not a target of investigation and isn't accused of any misconduct.

Montgomery says Jackson ``never authorized anyone to seek the governor's support'' for anything of value. And he says Jackson isn't aware of any associates having made such an overture on his behalf.

Montgomery says Jackson learned he was mentioned in the complaint against Blagojevich the night before the governor's arrest on Tuesday.

Wiretapped conversations indicated that Blagojevich felt the candidate in question would raise campaign money for him in exchange for being appointed to the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.