Jesse Jackson Jr. will resign his seat in Congress Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat's brother told the Chicago Tribune.
Jonathan Jackson told the newspaper his brother will make the announcement "momentarily" in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. An anonymous source confirmed those plans to the Chicago Sun-Times.
News outlets reported Wednesday morning that Jackson had canceled a morning conference call with staff for fear of media eavesdropping.
This summer, Jackson abruptly dropped out of the public eye. His staff first reported the congressman, son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, had been on a leave of absence for exhaustion, then indicated his condition was more serious. After pressure from colleagues and others it was revealed Jackson was being treated at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and other gastrointestinal issues.
Jackson left the clinic in September, but returned the following month.
He was reportedly at the clinic Nov. 6 when he easily won re-election in his Democratic Chicago-area district.
The House Ethics Committee has been investigating Jackson for his alleged connections to the potentially improper process of filling the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.
I was surprised he ran in the first place. Weren't there legit mental health issues recently?
What's the procedure here. His seat never would have been at risk to go to a Republican, so did he run just so he could name the successor. How is the replacement chosen?
This article from New York Magazine actually made me feel sorry for the guy. Jesse Sr. sounds like a jealous asshole.
Jesse Jr. has definitely made his share of mistakes, but I think his old man really fucked with his head.
I hope Jackson Jr. get the help he needs and does not end up in prison.
If he's got the cray cray, prison won't do a damn thing for him or anyone else.
[quote]What's the procedure here. His seat never would have been at risk to go to a Republican, so did he run just so he could name the successor. How is the replacement chosen?
An open House seat requires a special election.
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From the redrawn map for Jackson, it looks like he better move to Gary, Ind and run as hoosier if he wants a safe seat.
I've posted this before, but I waited on Sr. and Jr and the family many times years ago when Jr. was a child, and he was very polite and well mannered young man with a great deal of poise.
They were in public, so they were obviously "on" but they laughed and joked and interacted all though dinner. Sr. seemed like a good Dad.