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Ex-Reporter Still On The Scene

Sandhya Somashekhar

A former reporter who went from news-breaker to news-maker earlier this year when he revealed the details of his purported off-the-record conversations with Loudoun's top prosecutor is still on the local political scene.

After quitting his job with the Loudoun County weekly Leesburg Today, Charlie Jackson volunteered for several Loudoun Democrats' campaigns, he said in an interview today. He also helped set up a press event in which the Democratic candidates for the Loudoun Board of Supervisors signed an oversized ethics pledge for the benefit of clicking cameras.

Recently, he also "briefly volunteered" for Del. David E. Poisson (D-Loudoun), he said. But the relationship ended after a Post reporter inquired about it. "I'm not interested in having my media relations person be the issue," Poisson said. Jackson said the decision was mutual.

If you've forgotten who Jackson is, here's a reminder. The special prosecutor in the case later asked a judge to drop the charges and said he will refile them at a later date.

Jackson said he believes the spotlight on his political involvement is an attempt to discredit him in the wake of a complaint recently filed against Plowman, a Republican, with the Virginia State Bar Association. Jackson's affidavit is a central part of the complaint. Plowman said today he had no comment about the complaint, which he said he only knows about because of recent media reports.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  December 10, 2007; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  Loudoun County , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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