Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. on medical leave
June 25th, 2012
08:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. on medical leave

(CNN) – Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Illinois is on a medical leave-of-absence while being treated for exhaustion, his office said in a statement.

The Democratic congressman has been on leave since June 10.

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While spokesman Frank Watkins gave no further details in a statement, he said Jackson's office remains open for constituent services.

Jackson, first elected in 1995, represents the state's 2nd Congressional District, which includes parts of Chicago's South Side and Cook County suburbs.

"He asks that you respect his family's privacy," Watkins said.

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Filed under: House • Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    I hope he has good medical insurance because after this Thursday like many other Americans he may NOT!

    June 25, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Larry L

    This will get the right-wingers energized to send in some moronic comments. I'm not certain if the Klan gets together on Monday night but even if they're obligated, they should still have time for a little on-line, race-based hate.

    June 25, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. RSaundersPA

    He is claiming exhaustion because the ghosts of Gov. Blago are getting too close. He tried to buy Obama's senate seat when Blago was trying to sell it. Jackson Jr could yet end up as Blago's cell mate.

    June 25, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    What does he mean by " he asks that you respect his family's privacy"???? That usually means marital trouble or a scandal ready to hit the news.

    June 25, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Rest Well and Get Well Soon!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 25, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Thomas

    There ought to be a law that the sons and daughters of politicians can not be in politics ! At least the next generation , it's like nepotisic insider trading.

    June 25, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  7. just sayin

    isn't the guy running for re-election? don't the voters have a right to know if they are voting a person with major medical problems?

    June 26, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  8. CW

    or someone who has never run a business or worked a day in his life telling us how to live....

    June 26, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  9. real american

    hopefully JJ jr. can /will receive medical treatment for his mental disorder of lieberalism

    June 26, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  10. Steve- Illinois

    A politician being treated for weeks for "exhaustion." Now that there's funny! I don't care who ya are!!
    Maybe they smell some kind of indictment in the air!

    June 26, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |