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Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Takes Medical Leave of Absence

The congressman, who fought off a primary challenge for his seat earlier this year, is not giving a lot of details.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson's is being treated for exhaustion, according to a press release sent out by his office June 25.

The release did not give any additional details or say how long the 17-year congressman would be away, but said would remain open for constituent services.

The statement said Jackson had been on leave since June 10, with a spokesman for Jackson telling Tribune reporters the delayed release was a family request.

Jackson is under a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations that his friend, Raghuveer Nayak, offered former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as much as $6 million in campaign cash to give Jackson President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. 

Phillip R Baggs June 26, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Don't hide the money in the freezer Jesse- they already know that hiding spot. Enjoy your "medical leave."
Tom June 26, 2012 at 08:20 PM
No wonder Jesse Jr is exhausted, he's trying to keep one step ahead of the ethics committee, run for re-election, go out with his wife and his mistress all at the same time. Get all the rest you can Jesse you're gonna need it.
Joy H June 26, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Slime
Phillip R Baggs June 26, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I'll buy dinner for anyone who can get his picture.
Juvenal June 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Gus Savage. Mel Reynolds. Jesse Jackson Jr. Well done, voters of the 2nd District, well done.....
Hernendo RevolveR June 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Rehab.
My Dear Fellow Citizens of the 2nd Congressional District, I am wondering, if you will recall, it was suggested that "The District" would get the representation that "It Deserves". Congratulations ... Michael ... A now, much older Voter, in the 2nd Congressional District.
Bill Frank June 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM
"its a tangled web we weave" JJJ exhausted, no wonder!...
The Dark Knight June 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Exhaustion? Whatever!!! Sounds like another Rob Blagojevich in the making! Another crook just like his daddy. Then when he gets accused of something unethical, he will play the race card! It is not your race, rather it is your immoral and illegal acts that will land you in jail!!!
Tom June 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
WOW, has anyone besides me noticed how much smoother the second district is running since Jr went on leave? maybe he should consider making his leave permanent.
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