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Jesse Jackson Jr. Speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
He's been getting mental health treatment for months -- and right now, he's dropped out of the public eye entirely. CBS News' Jay Levine, of Chicago station WBBM-TV, reported on "CBS This Morning" that Jackson is believed to be in Minnesota with his mother, Jacqueline.


Asked if constituents deserve an explanation about Jackson Jr.'s disappearance, he said they'll eventually see him again.
"I'm sure at the appropriate time you will hear from him," he said.

CBS News

Alright. I think I'm done here.

I don't know what is going on in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s personal life and quite frankly it is none of my business. If he is suffering some bout of mental breakdown, for whatever reason, I wish him nothing but the best of luck and full recovery.

However, Congressman Jackson hasn't been in his office since June. It is being reported that he is engaging in discussions with Federal law enforcement authorities for a plea deal that may include resignation, fines, and/or prison. There is no way the Congressman can be an effective public servant for the people of his district while having extended stays at the Mayo Clinic and dealing with the prospect of a corruption trial.

I believe the Democratic Caucus in the House should now have reached its limit. I know I have. This has gone on long enough. President Obama and the Democrats have huge challenges to tackle in this and the next congressional session. None of those things need be all wrapped in the unfolding personal drama that the Congressman is experiencing.

If Mr. Jackson's has compelling reasons to remain in office, he'd better tell his constituents and Democrats everywhere pronto. Furthermore, those reasons had better include an explanation about how he would serve effectively in Congress, that he would be cleared of any wrongdoing, and that his mental health is sound. His silence on all of this is an insult to voters and the members of his caucus.

Let's hear it, or make way for the next good Congressperson from Illinois.

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