Washington (CNN) – Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," according to a statement released on Wednesday by the congressman's office, which attributed the quote to an unidentified doctor.
The Illinois Democrat and son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has not been on Capitol Hill for votes or hearings since late May, and in early June his office announced he was taking a leave of absence because he was suffering from a "medical condition."
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s office issued the following statement Wednesday evening, saying it came from his doctor's office as top Democrats have found themselves split as to whether Jackson should reveal the details behind his mysterious leave of absence from Congress:
"Information regarding the Congressman's treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ('HIPPA'). The name of the attending physician and treatment center will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy."
(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.
Washington (CNN) – Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. offered a resolution on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday that blasted Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his use of a hunting camp with a racially insensitive name.
Jackson Jr. asked that the resolution be considered under privilege, a house provision that would have guaranteed a vote within 2 legislative days. The resolution was ruled out of order because Perry was not a member of the House, a requirement in considering a bill under privilege.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
Wonder what Steve Jobs thinks ...
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking on Apple's popular tablet, the iPad, saying it's "killing jobs."
"A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, ... this new device ... is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs," the Illinois Democrat said Friday on the House floor (here in a video posted on RealClearPolitics).
(CNN) – A Chicago businessman told federal investigators that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. asked him to pay for a Washington, D.C. restaurant hostess to fly between Washington and Chicago multiple times, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.
Jackson told the paper he was "deeply sorry" that he had "disappointed some supporters," in a written statement.
"The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago. I ask that you respect our privacy," Jackson said in his statement.
Jackson's wife also appealed for privacy in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Thursday he has not yet decided whether he will run for mayor of Chicago, but nonetheless launched an attack against Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is exploring a candidacy for the same office.
“I’ve not made that judgment yet,” Jackson said when asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King if he will run for the mayoral office opened by the retirement of Richard Daley, the Chicago legend who served as mayor for more than two decades.
But it certainly sounds like Jackson, a Democrat from Illinois’ 2nd District, is angling for the job, painting Emanuel as a Washington insider who has “profound weaknesses” on a local level and someone who would “have to answer the questions about those communities that have been left behind.”
(CNN) – It's been said Washington is the Hollywood for ugly people, but don't tell a handful of lawmakers that.
The Hill - a daily publication that covers Washington - is out with its annual 50 Most Beautiful People list and six members of Congress have landed coveted spots in the newspaper's yearly roundup of the more attractive Capitol Hill inhabitants.
Coming in at No. 3 is New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's replacement who has lost 40 pounds since joining the upper chamber a year and a half ago.
At No. 7 is California Rep. Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress who won a special election to replace current Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Chu, a psychology Ph.D., says she stays grounded in the Capitol's dizzying halls by "taking a breather every once in a while."
The No. 9 spot is filled by Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., "a known fitness nut," the Hill says, who "converted one the gym's racquetball courts into a space dedicated to martial arts, yoga, pilates and the P90X exercise program."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A House ethics panel says it is investigating allegations against three representatives including Jesse Jackson Jr., who allegedly launched a "public campaign" to be appointed to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
The preliminary investigation into Jackson's activities by the Office of Congressional Ethics became known in April. At the time, Jackson, an Illinois Democrat, issued a statement saying he was cooperating and was "eager to answer any questions and provide any information to the OCE about my actions related to last year's vacant Senate seat."
The House ethics panel, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, said in a statement Tuesday it had received a referral on the matter from the ethics office.
Transcripts of recordings from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich "contain statements that an 'emissary' from Representative Jackson had offered to raise money for Blagojevich and provide 'money up-front' if Blagojevich nominated Representative Jackson to the (U.S.) Senate seat vacated by President Obama," the ethics office report says. "If this 'emissary' acted either at the direction of Representative Jackson or with his knowledge and acquiescence, Representative Jackson may have violated federal law and House rules."
"His heart couldn't get any bigger, and yesterday, it arrested," said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. "I come to the floor today on behalf of a generation to thank God for letting all of us live in his generation and in his era."