LAS VEGAS — The Rev. Jesse Jackson ribbed his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday by telling 5,000 local officials meeting here: "Let's not worry about who's absent . . . Jesse Jackson to the rescue."
Addressing the National League of Cities annual conference, Jackson said that he has "a sense of your anguish over not having other candidates come to this convention. I know how it feels to have a sense of rejection and feel that you really don't count."
The League of Cities had invited all six Democratic and three Republican presidential hopefuls to the annual conference here, but only Jackson and Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis accepted. Dukakis addressed the league on Sunday.
NLC President Cathy Reynolds, a city councilwoman from Denver, called the lack of response from the presidential candidates frustrating.
"We (the board of NLC) are angry and frankly steamed by the refusal of these people who want to grow up to be President," Reynolds said.