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Let's Talk About Jesse Jackson Jr.

Do you know where your congressman is?

Since June 25, when his office released news that , the congressman's life has been under even more scrutiny than before.

It's been a busy year for Jackson. Accused Blagojevich connections, primary elections and now a mood disorder have all pushed his political career against the ropes, with many calling this his darkest hour.

This medical business raises a sour note with some, partly because of the late notification about our United States representative's absence. Jackson's office released the statement more than two weeks after the congressman disappeared from public view. 

The situation only got more strange when NBC reported that Jackson was being treated for an alcohol addiction in Arizona, only to be corrected by Jackson's office, who said he was being .

"Mood disorder" can mean a lot of things, according to the Washington Post, and they're all disconcerting since we're talking about a person elected to represent thousands of people.

With some (once again) calling for Jackson to resign, only time will tell what's going on with the congressman. 

What do you think is up with Jesse? He's been in his position for a long time. Would you forgive a stress-induced hiatus? Is it more serious than that? Is something awry with the congressman?

Let's talk about it in the comments.

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babyboomer July 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Come on people, unless you get out of that crooked Cook County voting, things will forever remain the same. How do you think the whole state of Illinois got stuck with Quinn, a really poor excuse for a governor? Start thinking out of the Democratic Box. Its the only way this state will ever get solvent
Linda T July 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Kirk has been forthcoming with information. There's no need to ask where he is because he has been telling us. I'm not saying this because I'm a party loyalist because I'm not - I'm independent, and lean more democrat than republican. Kirk, and his office have been providing updates regularly on his status and progress from day one. They both have the right to privacy, to a certain extent. As public figures put in office by the electorate, they are beholden to us and we are owed a certain amount of information if they are, for whatever reasons, unable to perform the duties we elected them for. Jackson is MIA. Kirk is recovering at home and receiving rehab at the Rehabilitation Institute in Chicago. Sign up for email updates from both of them or google press releases. The reason 'no one' is asking where Kirk is, is because he has been providing updates all along. Initially, when he was incapacitated, his office provided updates.
Mary July 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I've talked to Rep. Jackson on several occasions about issues that are important to me and my family and found him to be accessible, intelligent, articulate and concerned. His voting record lines up with my own political convictions. I've been very happy with him as my representative, unlike most of the other commenters here. I do think he owes his constituents an explanation of what is going on. Since there is a stigma associated with mental health issues, it is my guess that that is the problem. Attack away, rabid conservatives.
babyboomer July 20, 2012 at 04:51 PM
There is no stigma on mental health issues. There is a stigma on scamming the public into believing that there are mental health issues. I think the only issue here is that Jr believes he is in deep do do for all the bribing he has done.
Rich bostrom July 21, 2012 at 08:53 PM
congressman Jackson has the responsibly to inform us on his medical condition.if he feels that he doesn't have to he should step down be fore the election if not we as voters have the responsibly too vote him out on election day

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