The long strange saga of Jesse Jackson, Jr.
November 23rd, 2012
09:07 AM ET
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The long strange saga of Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) – Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois resigned from office Tuesday, ending months of speculation about his future. Jackson has not been seen in public since he took a leave of absence in June to get treatment for severe bipolar depression.

In a resignation letter submitted to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, Jesse Jackson said, “for the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish.”


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. JD

    Hold on. Did he really just win reelection? Enough said about the democrat party, and who the part of extremism really is.

    November 23, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. plain&simple

    What ever is going on with him....the pressure of being under investigation,being high profile, expectations....he can deal with it out of office. Life moves on...good luck.

    November 23, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Montana dude

    Good bye Jr. You are out of office and going to prison. Time to pay the piper.

    November 23, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Montana dude wrote:

    Good bye Jr. You are out of office and going to prison. Time to pay the piper.
    Break out of the right wing media's hamster cage. Since when is it a crime to defeat a Republican opponent?

    November 23, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Ed1

    A chip off the old block the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    November 23, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. ST

    Good for Jackson Jr. he has decided himself and not the people to go and retire, quite different from Mr. Severely Conservative Mitt the loser Romney, who was forced by people to take the seat against his will.

    November 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. DJESQ

    You Own It !
    We BORROW $4 Billion EVERY DAY !
    Sometime in 2024 we shall be bankrupt ! The streets will be chaos, like modern day Greece.
    As an Independent, I say, "a pox on both your houses."
    Still you voted for BO ! … You are dummies, all.
    Your grandkids will be fiscally enslaved.
    You Own It !

    November 23, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't care if his last name is Jackson or Jones, if he broke the law he must be treated accordingly just like he was treated for bipolar disorder. I'm a Democrat but wrong is wrong no matter what party you represent so let the lawyers, judge and jury handle his verdict.

    November 23, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Bill

    The inability of congress to accomplish their responsibilities has me wondering how can they, in good faith, accept their $174.000 per year. What a ripoff!!

    November 23, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |