U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. revealed Thursday that he has checked himself into an inpatient medical facility for treatment of long-term “physical and emotional ailments.”
~ Is it to avoid much corruption about to come down on him?
A 2008 internal report by the new Obama administration as well as testimony at the trial outlined Emanuel’s role in delivering a list of approved candidates for Blagojevich to consider that included state Comptroller Dan Hynes, U.S. Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Jan Schakowsky and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth.
Jesse Jackson Jr. doesn’t deny involvement with a Washington D.C. based restaurant hostess who was named this morning in a Sun-Times story about his alleged attempt to buy an appointment to President Obama’s former Senate seat.
Also See: Jesse Jackson Jr. was exposed
Thursday’s five-sentence release from Jackson’s spokesman was slightly less vague than the three-sentence June 25 release announcing that the congressman had put himself on medical leave of absence since June 10 for “exhaustion.”
But it still left many questions unanswered, such as where he is; what exactly he is suffering from; and when or whether he will return.
“Congressman Jackson’s medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed,” his spokesman, Frank Watkins said in Thursday’s release. “Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time.
Debbie Halvorson, the Democratic former congresswoman Jackson defeated in the March primary election in the 2nd Congressional District, said the limited releases leave too many questions unanswered.
“He owes it to his constituents to let them know what’s really going on in his life,” Halvorson said. “When he asks people to keep him in their thoughts and prayers, nobody knows what to pray about … I was in the hospital a couple times when I was state senator. I told people where I was. You don’t have a private life when you’re a public official.”
Brian Woodworth, Jackson’s Republican opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, agreed.
“At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical 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.”
“When you have a condition that starts to impact on your service as a representative, I think you need to get that out,” Woodworth said. “The voters need to be able to judge. We see Sen. Mark Kirk and other congressmen have been very open.”
Others in Congress said they didn’t know where the younger Jackson was and were unaware of why he’d been absent. There is no formal leave process for congressmen.
~ The next step:
Should Jackson’s “serious … physical and emotional ailments” announced by his office Thursday force him to withdraw as the Democratic nominee for Congress before Nov. 6, the official with the power to name his replacement on the ballot would be Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios, who also serves as county assessor.
What does he think this will keep him from any corruption charges? If he does not run come November, look for charges to be shortly filed after. ~ JP
Could it also be:
Last month, a fund-raiser and Jackson family friend — Raghuveer Nayak — was arrested by federal authorities on charges he was involved in a business fraud scheme.
For several years, Nayak has been a thorn in Jackson’s side, since then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was caught on a secretly recorded FBI tape saying that Nayak, acting as an emissary for Jackson, had made what Blagojevich believed was a $1.5 million offer in exchange for a hoped-for appointment by the governor to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama following his 2008 election as president.
Jackson has repeatedly denied he authorized anyone to approach Blagojevich on his behalf and has never been charged.
But he is facing a House Ethics Committee investigation concerning allegations tied to the Blagojevich case.
Sandi Jackson has admitted to a rough spot in the couple’s marriage two years ago after Nayak was revealed to have paid for plane tickets for a “social acquaintance” of her husband so the congressman could rendezvous with the woman.
~ Watch later today when I post his Socialist Profile…
Ties to Daley: Considered a run opposing Daley in 2007 at the urging of labor unions in a wage dispute with Daley, but stopped short of alienating a Democratic machine that helped him win a seat in Congress.
and how he has been on JW list of Corrupt Politicians a few times 2010:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL): This year’s trial of scandal-ridden former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich ended with “Blago” being convicted of only 1 of 24 charges related to the scheme to sell Obama’s vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder. But as the government plans its second attempt to prosecute the case, one person who should be on the hot-seat is Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL).
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) and the Blagojevich Co-Conspirators 2011:
It took more than two years and two trials, but disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod “Blago” Blagojevich was finally brought to justice on June 27, 2011, for a number of crimes, including his efforts to “sell” President Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder. He became the state’s fourth governor, and one of at least 79 Illinois public officials, to be found guilty of a crime since 1972, proving that Illinois has certainly lived up to its reputation as a cesspool of corruption.
As the trial unfolded, it became clear that many hands were dirty in the Blago scandal. (See Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm “Rahmbo” Emanuel, who was finally forced to testify during this second Blago trial – for a whopping five minutes – and President Obama himself, who was interviewed by the FBI in the scandal even before he took office.)