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U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Out Of Sight Fighting To Save Marriage

June 26, 2012

But not every artfully.

But I certainly give U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. thumbs up for trying.

First off…

A statement issued Monday was the first public disclosure that Jackson has been on medical leave since June 10. During that time, Jackson’s office has issued at least 10 news releases, including a statement two days after he took medical leave in which he was quoted commending officials in south suburban Crete for withdrawing support for an immigration detention center.

Asked why Jackson’s office waited two weeks to tell his constituents about his absence, spokesman Frank Watkins told the Tribune that the lack of disclosure was a “family request.”

And now…

Exhausted and, according to a friend, fighting to save his marriage, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced Monday he’s been on a previously-undisclosed medical leave of absence for the past two weeks.

“I know he has been under a lot of pressure,” said a Jackson friend in Washington, D.C. “He’s been fighting really hard to save his marriage. And he had a tough election. There’s been a lot of stuff.” 

The cause for his leave was said to be “exhaustion,” according to Jackson’s office, which has sent out at least 16 press releases — many quoting Jackson — in the two weeks since he dropped out of sight. 

The Jackson friend, who saw him in early June at the Capitol, said he looked withdrawn and distracted, not his usual self. 

Jackson, 47, cast his last vote in Congress on June 8. He has missed the votes since. No date has been set for his return.

Tongue in cheek moment…

If anyone really wanted Jackson to show up just have President Obama make a speech to a joint session of congress.  There in an aisle seat, waiting for both the camera to get his mug shot and a chance to get yet another autograph from Obama would be….yup!!…U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

  1. June 26, 2012 9:49 PM

    I agree–gay couples know how to make relationships work under stress from society–so yeah–we are the ones to ask.

  2. Patrick permalink
    June 26, 2012 5:09 PM

    Another hypocrite. Perhaps he should ask a gay couple for some smiles and what-not.

  3. Solly permalink
    June 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    “There in an aisle seat”……. I think that’s the one Toby Roth used to camp out in for hours before to be sure to get some face time on TV

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