Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. isn’t the only person who wants to be picked to fill Barack Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate, but he’s running the most overt campaign for it, as even those close to him acknowledge.

“I’ve been receiving a lot of e-mails from your husband lately,” a friend and fellow reporter said this morning to Junior’s wife, Seventh Ward alderman Sandi Jackson, in a hallway outside council chambers.

“I know!” she said. “Isn’t he a beast?”

It wasn’t exactly the word we had in mind, but if by “beast” the alderman meant “a guy who’s sent out three mass e-mails in the last week alone explaining why he would be best for the Senate vacancy,” we’d have to agree completely.

And I later discovered that the congressman’s campaign has some Obama-esque qualities to it, such as an eagerness to use new media to reach the young and connected: some supporters have started a Facebook group devoted to the cause.