BREAKING: Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons
November 21st, 2012
02:22 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Junior resigned from Congress effective Wednesday, citing the need to spend time "restoring my health."

Jackson, who announced his resignation in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, has been is the subject of several investigations and was recently treated at the Mayo Clinic for what was described as "several serious health issues."

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Really? What a goof up this is. We just held an election, Mr. Jackson. I'll pray for you and yours.

    November 21, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Issa Adisa

    Something is fundamentally wrong.

    November 21, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Nameonuchukwu

    Why is he resigning

    November 21, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Name Jean Claude

    May God bless J.Jackson Jr

    November 21, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. paul

    good riddence....he is as crooked as the hind leg of a dog, but then again, all of them are.....

    November 21, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. MsLuna

    Good riddence!... perhaps the electorate of his district will be able to elect someone who's not going to be a whinning slacker crook!... People deserve good solid representation from their government officials!

    November 21, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. avafromtexas

    It's about time.........a man with a full-blown mental illness should not be elected while in a mental hospital. Only in Illinois could you have a government official, who is under investigation for numerous improprieties, and is spending his days in a mental ward, be re-elected for government office. Jesse Jackson junior just cruised to victory in his Congressional race while in a hospital bed.

    November 21, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. avafromtexas

    Only in Illinois could you have a government official, who is under investigation for numerous improprieties, and is spending his days in a mental ward, be re-elected for government office. Jesse Jackson junior just cruised to victory in his Congressional race in a mental ward hospital while previously avoiding press and supporters..

    It's about time............

    November 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Davy Koech

    I am deeply concerned about J. jackson Jr's challenges. He needs our prayers and help. This is the time for the family to be close and helpful.

    November 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Must be preparing for prison.

    November 21, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Reggiedw

    It is about time the corrupt politican resign. It took a long time to come to that conclusion and just imagine the black people in his district were still willing to vote for somebody like him. They really have no principles about them......vote for the most corrupt politicians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What has our country come to???????? We are really heading down a dark and dismal road with the politicians we are electing and it starts right from the top!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Jeff O'Dette

    Seems to me he is trying not to join Blago in the jail house. Jackson wanted Obama's senate seat and tried to buy it. He is just playing dumb to keep from being prosecuted. The truth will come out.

    November 21, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Ed1

    Say good bye to the good life from the tax payers dollars they should strip you of your retirement too.

    Nothing but a crook but was re-elected like a lot more in the Senate and Congress what's wrong with you people.

    Now he will be in prison at the tax payers expense nothing new here.

    November 21, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    The Chicago Mob will replace him easily.

    November 21, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Montana dude

    Health reason are the reason he resigned. It's just not healthy to spend the next 10 years in prison.

    November 21, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |