Anybody with medical experience will tell you that exhaustion would most likely NOT be the true reason for the long leave of absence.
The more we learn about the situation, and the ethics investigation into allegations that Jackson considered lending campaign favors to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for the Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, it seems more likely that reports are true that Jessie Jackson Jr. did try to attempt suicide.
The mystery surrounding Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., deepened on Tuesday as speculation swirled around the Illinois Democrat’s health and political future.
Democratic sources say Jackson — who has not been on Capitol Hill since June 10 — may not return to the House until after the August congressional recess.
Jackson’s office said in a June 26 statement that the lawmaker was suffering from exhaustion and would take a “medical leave of absence” to receive treatment for the condition. No date has been given for Jackson’s return, and Democratic lawmakers and aides now believe it could last weeks or even months longer.
“I don’t think he’s coming back until at least September, if he comes back at all,” said a Democratic source close to the situation. “I think it’s all up in the air.”
ABC News also reported that Jackson “will likely not return to Congress until after Labor Day,” citing an unnamed source.
But the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., in an interview with POLITICO, pushed back on an unconfirmed report that his 47-year-old son attempted suicide.
The elder Jackson was responding to a “rumor” broadcast by an Illinois radio station Tuesday. WLS of Chicago cited “two high-ranking people on the Democratic side of the aisle, in both fundraising and in the legislative branch” as the source of this information, none of which it had confirmed with Jackson’s office or family.
“No, that’s not true,” Jackson Sr. told POLITICO. “He’s with his doctor and getting treatment, regaining his strength. That’s all I really want to say at this point.”
Jackson Sr. added there was “no truth” to the WLS broadcast. “None at all,” he said.
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