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Jesse Jackson Jr.: Sexiest Politician

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In Washington, a town better known for bluster than luster, Jesse Jackson Jr. stands out in the Capitol crowd. “He combines political wisdom with down-to-earth street smarts,” says Donna Brazile, chief of staff to D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. “And he’s a real hunk.” The 32-year-old Democratic congressman from Illinois has also been blessed with his father’s dulcet voice and quick intelligence (he holds a master’s degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary and a University of Illinois law degree). “He is by far the most intellectually stimulating person I’ve ever met,” says his wife of six years, Sandi, 34. “That’s probably the sexiest thing about him.” The baby-faced Jackson, who calls his politics “progressive,” believes that “nothing is more unattractive than someone who doesn’t have anything on his mind.” One thing he doesn’t think about, though, is what to buy his wife for special occasions, since he and Sandi prefer to exchange gifts at whim. “He told me once, ‘I don’t want to point to one specific day as being a special day,’ ” Sandi says. ” ‘I want us to live as if every day is our last day together.’ ”