Rep. Jesse Jackson has finished up his second stint at the Mayo Clinic. The Congressman, went back in October to receive treatment stemming from a bipolar diagnosis; but just as he's getting out comes more bad news: his wife has been named in the federal investigation of which he is involved.
His medical problems have been the second biggest story surrounding the 47-year-old. The second of course is the federal probe over misappropriation of funds, which now includes his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, accused of using campaign money to decorate their Washington D.C. home.
Jackson has been away from work since June, and despite being nominated to a new term last week, continues to maintain a low profile.
A rep for the Mayo Clinic confirmed his departure. “He's no longer there,” said Nick Hanson. “I don't know where he is.”
Ironically, Jackson's father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., was not informed that his son ended his stay at the Minnesota hospital. “He's still there as far as I know,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “I know he's still there.”
Aside from making a robo call to his constituents, and a quick interview with The Daily, Jackson has not offered too much insight into his condition, or plans to return to work. Now Jackson is under pressure to speak from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the latter of which urged him to “have a conversation with his constituents about his intentions.”
As previously reported, Jackson is looking to reach a plea deal with authorities over the financial allegations.
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