Opponent Says Congressman Jackson is Like a 'Hermit' and 'Recluse'

Second District Congressional candidate Marcus Lewis did not bite his tongue when discussing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recent behavior.

Does Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recent make him unfit to serve the Second District? His Independent opponent, Marcus Lewis, said it does.

"This man is disqualified," Lewis said in a phone interview Thursday. "If you need medication to keep this in check, then yes, you can live a normal life, but not as a congressman."

Lewis likened the situation to if the public found out the president of the United States was suffering from a mood disorder, saying that people would not be OK with being led by someone with such a disorder. 

"(Jackson) is dealing with worldwide issues, making important decisions," Lewis said. "We can't judge him the same way we would anyone else."

Jackson's recent medical leave turned heads, partly . Lewis said he believes Jackson will continue to be invisible to the public in the future.

"He's more like a recluse," Lewis said. "He’s like a hermit. He’s not the outgoing be-in-front-of-the-camera guy anymore."

Lewis criticized Jackson's handling of the medical leave situation, adding that it makes the congressman unelectable. Furthermore, the candidate strongly disagreed with political analyst . "Dick Simpson is basing that on a name," he said. "He does not know about Marcus Lewis." 

In response to Republican candidate , Lewis was skeptical. 

"He's never going to debate," Lewis said. "He never has."

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Joe Lake August 17, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Election is Nov. 6, 2012. Joe Lake, Chicago
David August 17, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Comments like these will shoot this candidate in the foot. I don't know if he actually thinks he can win the election now, but there is a way to discuss these developments without sounding like a jerk.
Joe Lake August 17, 2012 at 02:52 PM
"The Past is Prologue." Joe Lake, Chicago
Marcus Lewis August 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I am going to win this election for "We The People" of the 2nd Congressional District...you know the poor and working class, the left out ignored , dispossessed and left behind that believed in truth and justice for all. I am running for those that still hope in a place.called America...For All not just for a few but for ALL to have life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. This I believe in for ALL to be inlusive not exclusive for one family and his inner circle of family and friends. Yes, I will win this race with the help of Almighty God that is with me.
DJ Morgan August 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Mr Lewis, were all of these presidents unfit for the office because of their medical conditions? http://www.healthinplainenglish.com/presidential-diseases/index.htm
DJ Morgan August 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM
FYI....depression alone is listed for 8 of these men....and some of them has pretty extensive lists of aliments
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Jesse Jackson Jr. protects a racist named Dr. Larry J. Goodman, CEO & President of Rush University Medical Center... go see for yourself. www.drlarryjgoodmanexposed.com Eight black & latino medical students were wrongfully dismissed for uncovering a cheating scheme at Rush Medical College where the white medical students were given unlimited make-up exams to expunge legitimate failures but this was in clear violation of written school policy. No more than two (2) make-ups were allowed per quarter and only a 'single' make-up exam per course. The blacks & latino medical students were held to the strict standard of the make-up rule. Jackson, in a meeting on 6/20/12 at his 71st & Yates office at noon, was shown the clear evidence and said he would file a bill to help the minority student regain access to the 1991 Civil Rights Act so they have the chance to regain their stolen medical careers. 10 days later, Jackson 'reneged' on his promise to help them by filing the crucial legislation in Congress. (continues)
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM
We later found out why. Jackson takes and receives campaign contributions from Dr. Larry J. Goodman. We see Jackson as anti-black, anti latino, & anti-"SIMPLE JUSTICE". He is a classic sell-out politician. Even with overwhelming proof of a burning wrong, Jackson leaves these students behind while they are forever barred to go to any medical school in the country but the white students graduated and are practicing medicine. Jackson is a disgrace to his race. And to add insult to injury, Goodman & Rush "Now label these dismissed minority students MD's" on Rush's Alumni Website in a obvious cover-up. The moral is put your trust on someone that is exposing these facts so you are not misled into thinking the incumbent (Jackson) is someone you thought he was but find out the real truth. If you don't believe me, go to www.drlarryjgoodmanexposed.com and believe as the old saying goes, "Believe your lying eyes." VOTE FOR MARCUS LEWIS FOR CONGRESS
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 01:20 AM
BTW...the campaign contribution was $500.00 . It is on Jackson's FEC Statement dated 3/18/11 from Dr. Larry J. Goodman, CEO...Rush University Medical Center. Sold out for $500 dollars.
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 02:42 AM
@DJ Morgan, We all are susceptible to disease & illness being human beings. But when it comes to the "mind", "the brain" & "the nervous system" there is a 'Line in the sand'. When you are on mind altering drugs to "stablize' oneself then to inform the public as a government Offical where not just your life & wellbeing are dependant upon your judgments....well for example, you would not "KNOWINGLY entrust your life with a pilot that just came from the doctor diagnosed as Bipolar 2 and is "DEEPLY DEPRESSED", on "mind altering' or stabilizing drugs and feel at ease being a passenger on that plane. You would more than likely take another flight or at least question the judgement of the airline who employs such an individual. Bottom line is this isn't about Jesse Jackson Jr., RATHER IT IS ABOUT THE 2ND DISTRICT CONSTITIUENTS. JESSE HAS FEDERAL HEALTH CARE AND RESOURSES...HE IS TAKEN CARE OF. BUT. MOST OF HIS PROBLEMS ARE SELF INFICTED. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE HAVE A "CHOICE ON THIS BALLOT.
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Joseph s August 18, 2012 at 04:49 AM
That's a pretty good talk, liberty and justice for all. I suppose "all" doesn't include people with mental illness. Do you have any facts that can back up your claim that people with bipolar can't hold jobs of importance? I'd love to hear how I can't or couldn't hold a job of importance, one that requires a high level of attention to detail, 24x7/365 oncall, and where one small mistake can cost millions to a fortune 5 company. I suppose they made a mistake 15 years ago when they hired me, andhave promoted me 5 times to the highest level engineer of said company. Bipolar can be treated and very efficiently. There will be lapses however with medication they be short.regards one of the often overlooked. Jackass
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 05:44 AM
I did say "choice". We have an election approaching in less than 84 days away and a choice must be made whether to retain a man who "suddenly" disappeared with no word and "suddenly reappeared looking gaunt, emaciated, lost in the face and others not his doctors are saying anything of his condition. Just taking heads speaking on the definition of Bipolar 2. There are certain unanswered questions but since I as a voter and a candidate are left to fend for myself with this situation...then yes I would NOT want a person that has a mental illness as my congressman. That is my opinion. That is what I would decide under the exact same circumstances every time I am faced with the same set of circumstances. You don't know what you are really dealing with and most reasonable people would think likewise. This obviously does not mean it is impossible, but when the player gets a concussion, he is not to be left in the game but taken off the field for further evaluation. And if it looks bad...he is replaced. It's just that simply. Others not just Jackson are held in the balance. It isn't about "he", it is about " We". Reps come and go but the People are ALWAYS the sole focus. . That's why we 'CHOOSE' our leaders not be told you must take Jackson when there are others who can do the job on the ballot now. And do the job BETTER! I believe I can do it far better.
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Nick002 August 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Once again, the Patch performs a public service to the Homewood Flossmoor community. Had it not made this space available to Marcus Lewis, some of us undecided voters would not have an opportunity to learn what a farce Marcus Lewis is. His views on treatable mental illness are medieval. His baseless attacks on Dr. Goodman, one of the most respected members of the medical community in Chicago, are beyond the pale. Fortunately, the more exposure he gets, the fewer votes he will get. I would rather be represented by a man has a diagnosed, treatable and treated mental disease than one with an untreated, warped mind.
DJ Morgan August 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Mr Lewis, Thank you for stepping up and running, I appreciate that it is not an easy thing to do, or put your family through. But what exactly you would attempt to accomplish if elected? The bottom line from my perspective is you wasted a valuable opportunity to tell the voters why to vote for you. I don't want to hear slogans, I want to see excellent decision making, and specific goals from candidates who want my vote. Negative campaigning turns off voters and reduces the turn out to the polls. I have no issue with your telling the voters why to vote for you, but mud-raking and telling us why not to vote for another candidate does nothing to inspire me to vote for you or any other candidate (and probably a big reason Jackson is the democratic candidate). Have you considered sharing your detailed medical history to the voting public? Not that I believe it is something that needs to be made public, but if you are attacking someone else's condition, it would seem fair to share what ailments you might have
Joseph s August 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM
By the way, people aren't voting for candidates to lead them, we vote for people to represent us. Seriously, I mean no malice saying this, you really need to bow out of this conversation. Continuing to engage in this conversation will not do you any favors. Honestly, I don't even care about your election, I care about the fair and compassionate treatment of people who have in no way chose to have these afflictions. if you do get elected, please change the practice of cutting funding for mental health care first when making budget cuts. Finally, being from the land of Lincoln, you should know he was completely incapacitated by depression at times. This, in my opinion made him a greater president as it taught him compassion, compassion that is understood completely by pulling himself out of the darkest, down to the soul, stripped to the core, depression.
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I care about the poor and the working class of which I am one. I will represent those that have traditionally been left behind. I am not making light of those with mental issues God forbid. That could be me is how I look at life. The men you spoke of with mental issues it is safe to say there illness was not widely known till history recounts it but at the time it was likely held close is inner circles. If they knew what it was at all. I will address the severe need for funding for mental health. Until I get in office I have to address the differences that the incumbent has not addressed and those are many compared to 17 plus years to show for in Congress doing what? The time has simply come and the "CHANGE" MOMENT is upon us in this race. And when the moment passes there will be a new congressman for the 2nd District...Marcus Lewis, Lord Willing.
Marcus Lewis August 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Who ever you are you should at least tell us you looked at the link I placed here ie., www.drlarryjgoodmanexposed.com and a blind man (not making fun of the blind) could see the "OBVIOUS" sins committed against the black and latino students and Goodman was present when it was going on. Either you did not look at the Rush documents or you just want to spout off your ignorance when anyone else that just looks can see you did not look at all or are in denial. Remember I could be sued "IF" it was a lie...but it is their own documents showing white students receiving more make-ups than the policy allows every quarter but the blacks are held to the strict standard of the rule. If you actually looked you would see Rush Medical College change the status for these dismissed students from "NO" MD on May 1st, 2007 and then after our march on Rush, on May 2nd, 2007, these dismissed students "miraculously" become "overnight MD's" You didn't look or you don't care to see the "real" truth. You like Goodman have an agenda and it is sicking to see grown men and women lie and know their lying and expect others to become "lemmings". I am not like you. Thank God.
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Marcus Lewis November 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
My campaign is piercing through decades of no action for this district that have stunted the forward progress for the residents of the former district borders. Just look at the Villages of Harvey, Dixmoor, Phoenix, Robbins, Riverdale to name just a few. The Chicago Southeast-side is left abandon and left to fend for itself which is why I am running to bring this Jackson-style of governing to a screeching halt! So I know the newly added counties of Will & Kankakee will feel relief with Marcus Lewis at the helm not only will receive the Love, Care, Concern & Resources they are due but the entire district! I hope the residents and voters of the entire district will come to believe that the era of Jesse Jackson Jr. will come to an end on Nov. 6th, 2012 because they voted for Marcus Lewis in mass. I am here to help and will put all of my efforts with the backing of the U.S. Government behind rebuilding the areas hardest hit first because the need is so great. But every area will get the focused attention they deserve. So stand with me now 2nd District. We must roll up our sleeves and sit down together and get to work and put in action plans that you will see positive steps that we mean business on picking up ourselves and getting back our identity. We matter and I am going to show the state and country that the 2nd District is a player in the larger scheme of things positive. BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST, VOTE FOR MARCUS LEWIS FOR CONGRESS ON NOV.6TH!
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/


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