7/7/12

Jesse Jackson, Jr. on suicide watch?

7/7/12
Details have been shortcoming, but the congressman from Illinois has been under investigation for some time:
Jackson is currently being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for his involvement with Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempts to sell the Senate seat in Illinois as well as using campaign funds to fly his mistress to Chicago.
And it's not such a stretch to think he could be a danger to himself. The few details we have paint an unsettling picture:
A statement from Mr. Jackson’s office gave few particulars about his condition, but it noted that he was undergoing “further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility.”

“Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time,” read the statement from Frank E. Watkins, the director of communications for Mr. Jackson’s office in Washington.

It also said, “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.”
According to WaPo sources, Jackson was typically energetic and not one to shy away from media coverage, until now:
[T]he announcement is the latest in a long line of troubles for the civil rights scion. Previously, Jackson and his wife acknowledged that he had engaged in an inappropriate relationship, and Jackson has also been linked to convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich’s (D) efforts to sell the open Senate seat vacated by President Obama in 2009 (though he has not been charged with wrongdoing).
What's going on Congressman?

Update: His father, Rev. Jesse Jackson denies the rumors:
But the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., in an interview with POLITICO, pushed back on an unconfirmed report that his 47-year-old son attempted suicide.

The elder Jackson was responding to a “rumor” broadcast by an Illinois radio station Tuesday. WLS of Chicago cited “two high-ranking people on the Democratic side of the aisle..."
Update II: NBC is reporting that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being treated for alcoholism and addiction:

The congressman's spokesman is claiming that he's being treated for a "mood disorder". I suppose it could be both.

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