Leave Of Absence
Plans for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to speak to his staffers on Wednesday were abruptly cancelled Tuesday.
Constituents in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s district have gone without representation on Capitol Hill for more than five months, and the head of the Better Government Association said Wednesday that they might have go go without a congressman for several more months, thanks to Jackson’s ongoing health and legal problems.
Despite ongoing health problems that have kept him out of action for months – and a pair of investigations hanging over his head – Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. handily won re-election Tuesday against a trio of largely unknown challengers.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said Thursday that his Congressman son is “unwell” and “rebuilding his strength,” but had little else to say on the subject.
Tonight is the 30th night in a row — a month — since the beginning of the great Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery. What’s become of the congressman, who’s taken a leave of absence?
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) says fellow Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) should say more about the emotional and physical issues his office says have forced him to take time off from Capitol Hill.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he wishes U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. the best, but the congressman needs to let his constituents know more about what has forced him to take a medical leave for almost a month.
A day after his office announced he has taken a leave of absence due to “exhaustion,” it’s still unclear when U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will return to work.
The congressman’s office did not say how long Jackson would be away. It said his office remain open for constituent services.