Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s supporters claim that his opponents are driven by “demonic forces.” Some observers are offended by the use of this terminology and think it’s a “desperate” campaign ploy. Representatives for Jackson refused to give a statement about these allegations. The Chicago Tribune reports:

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Monday touted the backing of more than 50 ministers, including one who said “political demonic forces” were driving the agenda of Democratic primary opponent Debbie Halvorson.

The congressman’s campaign aides refused to comment on whether they thought the remarks were appropriate. Halvorson called the comments the result of a “desperate” campaign.

The 2nd Congressional District contest between Jackson, a veteran South Sider, and Halvorson, who is seeking a return to Congress after losing in 2010, is one of the most watched matchups ahead of the March 20 primary.

Delivering an opening prayer at a campaign event at 52nd Street and South Harper Avenue, Pastor Willie James Campbell said that “every obstacle and every yoke” on Jackson’s re-election bid “has been prepared by Satanic forces.”

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