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Rep. Jackson Jr. and Lee Terry, Still Spatting

One of the rowdier arguments in Congress this week, in the tense and waning moments before August recess begins apparently has not, as previously suggested, been put to rest - at all.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) told the Sleuth this week that her boss and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) had shaken hands and agreed to let bygones be bygones after the two congressmen nearly came to blows on the House floor Tuesday. "It's in the past now," she told us.

Or maybe not.

Because today the Omaha World-Herald reports that Jackson finally ended his silence and decided to give his side of the story after Omaha area martial artists called his office wanting to know why he - a muscular guy who, unlike Terry, is trained in kung fu and tae kwon do - was picking on their congressman. (Click here to see photos of Jackson practicing martial arts.)

The way Terry had told the story, Jackson was dropping the F-word repeatedly during their spat on the House floor and challenged Terry to "step outside."

The way Jackson tells the story, Terry was the bully.

Jackson claims Terry was the potty mouth. "Why is he in my face and cursing?" the newspaper quoted Jackson as saying. "I'm in a position where I needed to defend myself."

Jackson admitted that when Terry questioned his integrity and suggested the Illinois Democrat was escalating the argument, Jackson said he told Terry, "Now let me show you what escalation really is."

Terry, he stands by what he said originally, which essentially is that Jackson was a big meanie.

There's a long day ahead of them yet on Capitol Hill, let's hope things don't get too ugly.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 3, 2007; 12:05 PM ET
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Did you even proofread this, or are you really just that bad of a writer? It looks like it was written by an eight year old. Can we please get Ms. Akers an editor?

Posted by: Onyx | August 3, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

how fitting....perhaps jesse needs to head to the wars that he's soooo...against....there looking for people just like him...he's the type that will start a fight whenever he feels like it..go jesse go....

Posted by: dennisthe menace1 | August 3, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

what onyx said,yea what he said.

Posted by: gary | August 3, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the story, both of them should be ashamed of themselves. They are grown men who should be able to handle their differences without things boiling to a point of foul language and physical altercation. How childish!

Posted by: Luv2laff | August 3, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

JJ Jr. is a clown. It would have been hilarious if he had actually pushed this guy too far and gotten his own butt kicked. Note to JJ Jr.: You are sideshow.

Posted by: We all know who the idiot is | August 3, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Get him caramel man!!! JJJ can fight. The only thing the congressman from Nebraska can fight are diets.

Posted by: Pam | August 5, 2007 10:03 PM | Report abuse

,Terrie better watch out ! in this here country, the black man is always right cuz his ansesters were slaves,now papa jackson has a whole lotta pull, so beware thier white -boy dont mess wit daddy's boy there, al shapton and papa jackson ol be on your trail,i mean tail...dont be a call-en no f-words to him.. his mama will come slap your face.

Posted by: patrick | August 6, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Give her a break. At least for this story, it appears she made all of two phone calls. Most of the time, she's just regurgitating stuff that's been all over the press. Some Sleuth. This is the weakest thing in the Post.
And for the record, whoever is right or wrong -- Little Jesse is a former linebacker at University of Virginia. Lee Terry would get crushed.

Posted by: Briney Mac | August 7, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Prime example what wrong with this country, everybody claim to know God ,but do he know them. Its seems that everybody have forgotten that man is design by the creature stride for perfection and that he not perfect, therefore i can understand this incident, but not the comments that other have posted.

Posted by: Larry | August 7, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Lee Terry is a wimp and will always take it to the edge and then back down. Let this serve as notice to one and all to capture on video Mr. Terry and post it on "You Tube".

Lee Terry is my Congressional Representative and he is a bully against any and everything that is not a WASP. Check out his voting record...

Lee Terry just doesn't get it. However, he will get a great deal of understanding after a good whupping!

Posted by: Joseph | August 7, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: TOM MCCLAIN | August 8, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

As the competitions between presidential candidates increase and tense up, the candidates need to be reminded of the critical issues that still trouble our society today. Issue such as global poverty needs to be address by our candidates to each and to the general public. As one of the nation that has pledge to fulfill the goals of Millennium Development Project, whose goal is the elimination of world hunger and poverty, the Bush Administration has not shown any substantial action to bring this fundamental problem to a stop. According to the Borgen Project, dedicated to fighting and ending Poverty around the world, only $19 billion dollars are needed annually to stop world wide poverty, hunger and malnutrition. However, more than $340 billion dollars has been poured into this "war on terror." And each year, our country has a military budge of $522 billion dollars. It's time for a new leader who will be addressing an issue that affects 1.2 billion people everyday worldwide.

Posted by: Mstessyrue | August 8, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a hoot when the two clowns take roles in the "Theatre of the absurd"?

Posted by: Herbert-Jean Awuor | August 14, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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