Rep. Jesse Jackson (JR) owes us an explanation

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Linked to one of the worst political scandals in Illinois history, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois) still pounded his opponent in the Democratic primary by more than a 2-1 ratio in March this year.

It didn’t matter to his constituents that Jackson’s friend, Raghuveer Nayak, was accused of trying to bribe Gov. Rod Blagojevich to purchase an appointment to a U.S. Senate seat for the congressman.

And voters apparently didn’t care much that Nayak told federal agents he paid the airfare for Jackson’s female “social acquain*tance” between Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

In Cook County, the heart of Jackson’s district, he received 75 percent of the vote while crushing his opponent, former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson. That’s an amazing show of support for a politician hit by both political and personal scandals.

I mention all of that today because Jackson has taken a medical leave of absence from Congress.

Since June 10, he has been suffering from “exhaustion” according to his staff and has been unable to fulfill his duties as a representative.

In an update on his condition, his press spokesman this week issued a news release stating:

“Congressman Jackson’s medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed. Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time.

“At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient facility. According to the preliminary diagnosis from his doctors, Congressman Jackson will need to receive extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter.”

Jackson’s congressional staff and family have refused to release any further details about his medical condition, or where he is being treated. A source told me Jackson had been unable to sleep for an extended period of time. I was also told that he is not being treated in the Chicago metropolitan area.

And even some of his closest staff members, I have been informed, have not been in contact with him.

Jackson, who is also the focus of a congressional ethics investigation, has been under constant emotional and mental pressure for three years.

Speculation about his condition and whereabouts is widespread but senseless because nobody who really knows anything is talking.

But the congressman’s family owes the people who have supported Jackson, the voters, more detail.

The statement that his condition is worse than originally thought and the news that he will need extended medical treatment later raise legitimate questions about his ability to represent his district during another term.

Repeated requests for prayers of support for the congressman, the sort of plea often made on behalf of someone facing a fatal illness, merely heightens public concern.

The wording of news releases and public statements is deliberately vague, yet titillating enough to increase conjecture.

After saying she “loves her husband very much,” after leaving a Chicago City Council meeting, Ald. Sandi Jackson, the congressman’s wife, said:

“. . . My primary concern is that of my children. I just want to make sure that they’re taken care of and provided for.”

That’s sounds as if their father may not be around to care or provide for them.

If a man is battling an illness that is treatable, you would think his wife’s primary concern would be for his recovery.

When pressed about such statements, sources close to Jackson have assured me that while he is in a bad way, he is not that bad.

He will recover. He will be able to run for re-election and resume his duties.

Pressed harder, they admit they really don’t know any details about his health, his course of treatment or even if he is in a hospital.

Statements urging sympathy and understanding, while alluding to some dire condition, are simply confusing and unacceptable.

Jackson and his family have received astounding public support.

It’s now time for them to demonstrate they understand the responsibility that comes with it.

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I'm thinkin too much of that deep dish pizzer...
 

NuttyJim

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Congressman Jackson’s medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed. Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time.


thank god for the sickle cell
 

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"Exhaustion" aka AIDS-riddled crack addiction.
 

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. . . My primary concern is that of my children. I just want to make sure that they’re taken care of and provided for.”
sounds like she needs the food stamps

maybe jessie sr can lend her some money he has fleeced from some businesses
 

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this is just a diversion from some illegality that touches daddy and Barry
 

Party Rooster

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*Update*

Still sticking to their story. Guess getting involved with felons trying to sell a Senate seat really takes its toll...:icon_cool

And interesting take on the depression/weight loss surgery angle.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Wife Reveals Why He Disappeared

Nick R. Martin August 4, 2012, 2:00 PM 12012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s wife finally opened up about what has driven her husband into seclusion for almost two months, painting a picture of a man crippled by depression and other medical problems.

Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times that her husband had a “collapse” from exhaustion in early June at his home in Washington, D.C. That led to a stint of treatment in Arizona followed by one in Minnesota, where he is now trying to recover with the hope of possibly returning to Congress.

“What I can tell you is my husband has his good days and bad days and they are increasing his depression medication to therapeutic levels,” she told the newspaper. “Jesse is now gaining weight and eating and feeling better in that sense, but he is still very depressed.”

It all began on June 10, when the Illinois Democrat phoned his father, the famous civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, and told him he “couldn’t take another step,” Sandi Jackson said.

His father and brother quickly took him to nearby George Washington University Hospital, where it was clear he was suffering from depression.

From there, Jackson was referred to the Sierra Tucson treatment center in Arizona. The facility specializes in therapy for drug addiction, alcoholism, depression and other mental health issues and has treated numerous celebrities and high-profile figures over the years.

All the while, Sandi Jackson said, the people closest to the congressman imposed a “news blackout,” working to keep his whereabouts and condition a secret. The first word that anything was wrong came from his office on June 25, more than two weeks after his “collapse.” It said very little other than that he was taking medical leave from Congress and was suffering from exhaustion.

She said doctors in Arizona soon thought there may be a link between the Democrat’s depression and a weight-loss surgery he had a few years ago, so they referred him to specialists with the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He has been staying there since late last month. His wife and children have been visiting him and keeping in daily contact.

“I fully expect him to return to work, but not a day before the doctor says it’s OK,” Sandi Jackson said.

She also dismissed the idea that her husband’s condition is connected to the criminal charges against his longtime friend and former fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak.

“He doesn’t know anything about the indictment,” she said.

Nayak had reportedly connected the congressman to the corruption scandal that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison earlier this year. The fundraiser was arrested by the FBI on bribery charges in an unrelated case on June 20. Days later was when Jackson’s office announced his leave of absence from Congress. Jackson has denied any wrongdoing.

The entire piece by Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed can be read here.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsme...jackson_jr_wife_depression.php?ref=fpnewsfeed
 

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Shrug. Some people are expected to be accountable for their actions and behavior; others aren't.
 

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She also dismissed the idea that her husband’s condition is connected to the criminal charges against his longtime friend and former fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak.

“He doesn’t know anything about the indictment,” she said.
Oh yes...I'm sure he has absolutely no idea about that. :rolleyes: Yep, of course, he's totally out of the loop. Good lord.

I was about to give him the benefit of the doubt...I mean, depression is a pretty serious thing. But, I'd suddenly become very depressed too had a longtime friend exposed me and mentioned, in detail, my involvement in a pretty serious corruption scandal.

Must be really playing the sympathy card.
 

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Oh yes...I'm sure he has absolutely no idea about that. :rolleyes: Yep, of course, he's totally out of the loop. Good lord.

I was about to give him the benefit of the doubt...I mean, depression is a pretty serious thing. But, I'd suddenly become very depressed too had a longtime friend exposed me and mentioned, in detail, my involvement in a pretty serious corruption scandal.

Must be really playing the sympathy card.
More likely, dodging a subpoena, or two.
 

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Must be nice how someone can neglect their work for over 2 months without any ramifications
 

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Pepper Hicks picks up the slack.

I stopped listening, so there have been ramifications

Besides my problem is with Ron, he's more than smart enough to take the show in a new direction
 

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Must be nice how someone can neglect their work for over 2 months without any ramifications
You mean to tell me you didn't have a mental breakdown in order to get out of trouble or get out of a bind at work? :icon_cool
 

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The only reason people voluntarily go into rehab like this is their either trying to avoid losing a lot of money or they're trying to get out of going to jail
 

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US Rep Jesse Jackson Jr Headed Back To Mayo Clinic in Minnesota

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is heading back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. — and was reportedly en route Friday evening.
A source said the decision was made to have the the South Shore Democrat return to the famed clinic, where he spent four weeks this summer for bipolar
depression. He had been staying at his home in Washington, D.C. since leaving Mayo.
A source who visited Jackson this week said, “Jesse wanted you to know he is finding it difficult to continue his treatment because the press is staking out his home and making access to his doctor, who is within a short walking distance from his home, incredibly hard.”
The source added that Jackson is trying “to stay focused and calm to enhance his treatment and is just following doctor’s orders.”
Jackson, who is up for reelection next month, announced in June he was taking a leave for medical for “exhaustation.” It was later disclosed he is suffering from bipolar depression.
Who else thinks he hides out in Minnesota until after the dumbass voters all vote him back in? Then he's got to figure out how to dodge these charges. Can't keep ducking away to rehab every time the heat turns up.
 

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Rep. Jesse Jackson (JR) owes us an explanation
"It was all a misunderstanding, King. This explanatory press conference is presented by Stacker 2."

Boo.
 
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