Jackson no longer patient at Mayo Clinic
November 13th, 2012
01:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Jackson no longer patient at Mayo Clinic

(CNN) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is no longer being treated at the Mayo Clinic for what he described last month as "several serious health issues," clinic spokesman Nick Hanson said Tuesday.

The Illinois congressman had returned to the center in September for what Hanson described as a "follow-up evaluation to ensure he is on the path to properly manage his health." He won his bid for a tenth term in the U.S. House last week despite making no public campaign appearances and having been out of the public eye since May.

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Jackson, 47, checked out of the Mayo Clinic for the first time in early September, his office said, and the clinic had acknowledged Jackson was a patient in an August statement.

He is the subject of several investigations, including by the FBI and House Ethics Committee. His House colleagues are looking into allegations that, in 2008, he or one of his associates offered to raise money for then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for Jackson being appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

In an October recorded automated call made to constituents in October, Jackson said, "the good news is my health is improving, but my doctors tell me the road to recovery is a long one."

"Like many human beings, a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they've been difficult to sort through," he said in the call, which his office provided to CNN. "I am human, I am doing my best, and I am trying to sort through them all."

Rev. Jesse Jackson, his father and a well-known civil rights leader, made no comment when contacted by CNN.

- CNN's Miriam Falco, Sean Nottingham, Deirdre Walsh, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Since he is a Democrat if there is any other issues he needs to be checked so he can do absolutely nothing on the government dime feel free. We used to this in the private sector and it was called a non-paying sabbatical (usually for non-profit work). If he needs mental health care he needs to step down and let the next union owned democrat take his place.

    November 13, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Phyllis G Williams

    Congratulations! He won his seat. Tell him we all have to learn to control our minds for the benefit of our health.

    November 13, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. myviewis

    I read Jackson is looking to cut a deal with the FBI, he resigns his position and doesn't face jail time. I think the Mayo clinic illness is more like buying time trying to figure out what to do.

    November 13, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Babyboomer

    I'm a democrat but in my opinion Congressman Jackson needs to resign. If he is unstable, he can't really serve the people in his district properly. Time to "Man Up".

    November 13, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |