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Jesse Jackson, Jr., on medical leave for exhaustion as investigations heat up

Jesse Jackson, Jr., on medical leave for exhaustion as investigations heat up

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) has apparently been on medical leave for the past two weeks due to extreme exhaustion. The information was released in a statement his office put out Monday, which indicated he had been on medical leave since June 10.

The beleaguered congressman is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for using campaign funds to purchase roundtrip airfare for his mistress to travel to Chicago. He’s also being reexamined for his connection to the Illinois U.S. Senate seat Gov. Rod Blagojevich attempted to sell. The Chicago Tribune reports:

Just last week, a longtime friend of Jackson’s, Raghuveer Nayak, was arrested on federal fraud charges involving Nayak’s surgical centers. Nayak was at the center of the U.S. Senate seat scandal that sent former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison.

Jackson, 47, who has distanced himself from Nayak, remains under a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations that Nayak offered Blagojevich up to $6 million in campaign cash to make the congressman President Barack Obama’s successor in the U.S. Senate.

Nayak had told federal investigators that Jackson asked him to raise campaign money for Blagojevich in hopes the then-governor would appoint Jackson to the seat, sources familiar with the investigation have told the Tribune. Jackson has denied any knowledge of fundraising in exchange for the appointment and has said he expects to be vindicated by the ethics panel.

Jackson also has said he did not violate House ethics rules when he had Nayak buy a plane ticket for a woman with whom the congressman had a secret relationship. Jackson has referred to that as a “private and personal matter.”

Despite his medical leave of absense, Jackson’s twitter account has remained active.

This isn’t the first time Jackson’s health issues have been disclosed with some delay. In 2005, Jackson underwent weight-surgery, which was revealed weeks after the fact. It also isn’t the first time he’s been treated for exhaustion.

Jackson, up for reelection this year, is being challenged by Republican Brian Woodworth.


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Charles Curran | June 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

He must be tired from rushing from the motel to home. I guess he’s not as young as he looks,

It is tiring, keeping all the lies straight. You’d think he’d have learned how to do that on his father’s knee.

He apparently does not have the stamina of his dad, who can mau-mau businesses, race-bait, diddle with mistresses, father children out-of-wedlock, and run businesses.

Maybe he got a “guilt” gene from his momma.

    alan markus in reply to Ragspierre. | June 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    He apparently does not have the stamina of his dad

    They do have pills now to help with that(i.e., Viagra)

If being a Congress-critter drives Jesse Jackson, Jr. to “extreme exhaustion”, just thing what being Senator would have done to him.

Free Laptops, iPod’s and first class for my B’s, we’ll make it up on kickbacks yo.

J Cubed as he is known could take the next 4 months off and still be re-elected in that district. Ain’t no R ever gonna beat him. That is what is so sad about Illinois. It is bad enough that his father is still speading his slime, now the son will be in the house for the next 30 years. I predict he won’t be indicted. Just a hunch.

Cards from well wishers may be sent to where he’s resting comfortably–The Blagojevich Home for the Politically Inept, Littleton, CO.

Is exhaustion covered under ObamaCare?

Conservative Beaner | June 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

JJ Jr is getting the jailhouse blues.

Bless his heart; keeping track of all the lies was just too much for him.

SukieTawdry | June 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

J³ should have taken the beer distributorship and let his brother be the politician.

alan markus | June 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

A little off-topic here, but look at this:

8/3/2011 @ Legal Insurrection:

Obama Fundraising Fail – Let the Excused Begin

I previously noted that while Obama had a strong second quarter fundraising, the effort focused on two gimmicks — getting big donors to max out early and running up “small donor” numbers through a cheesy $5 $3 dinner raffle.

Today at Althouse:

I Will Be The First President In Modern History to Be Outspent In His Reelection Campaign…..

The Romney campaign raises more than we do, and the math isn’t hard to understand: Through the primaries, we raised almost three-quarters of our money from donors giving less than $1,000, while Mitt Romney’s campaign raised more than three-quarters of its money from individuals giving $1,000 or more.

Hate to intrude on this thread – didn’t want this item to get overlooked in an email.

Wasn’t the story on Lindsay Lohan when found unconscience in a hotel room that she was “exhausted”? I am pretty sure that is a fact. Maybe the word does not mean what I think it means?

You had a link earlier this morning from Five feet of Fury that led with : “Exhaustion is not a medical Diagnosis”. Normally people admitted to a hospital are either alcoholics or drug addicts who have become dehydrated, etc. Now of course, 3-J would never have a problem with something like this or marital problems since he’s probably the 2nd smartest man in Chi-town. Just sayin’.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to texan59. | June 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Exhaustion is a common euphemism for depression and/or anxiety. The clinical team will diagnose and chart it as it is, but the hospital’s PR people are more than willing to euphemize for rich or famous patients.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Me toopit. Second sentence from above article:

      “The information was released in a statement his office put out Monday…”

      The euphemism about being treated for exhaustion comes from his own office, not the treating hospital. They’ll likely stick with ‘no comment, patient confidentiality’.

InpatientMed | June 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Granted, I am only a physician who only takes care of patients in the hospital, but am very dubious regarding a medical diagnosis of “exhaustion”. It seems to only apply to celebrities w/ substance abuse problems or politicians w/ something to hide. That having been said, I have taken care of many exhausted drug addicts and narcotic seekers.

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The northwest part of Colo Sprgs , N. N. E. of Garden of the Gods is under mandatory evacuation & is starting to burn. The southern part of the Air Force Academy is under mandatory evacuation. 100s of firefighters have been fighting this fire for days in 100 + degree temps. Pray for all these people please.

Ps. This fire has burned 1000s of acres in the foothills & impacted tens of thousands of people. Over the weekend the people of some of Manitou Springs up Ute Pass to Woodland Park were all evacuated. No one has died. l have lived in the area since 1967. l have never seen anything remotely this bad. l suspect a fair # of my customers have been impacted. l live south of the Springs toward Pueblo so am not affected. lf any of you have vacationed here you may have visited the Flying W Ranch. lt is burned to the ground.

Thats all there is to report. Feel free to go back to the discussion. l just thought you might want to know.

Many homes are burning. 100s of millions in losses. Everything west of l.25 in the North end of the Springs is at risk. The wind has died down & is shifting direction back onto what has already burned. The temp today was 101 ,an all time high. This is many fires. At 3 pm it looked like the fire was starting to be contained. The wind came up & it exploded over a ridge from a canyon it had been burning in. That released it into the area it is now burning. This could be a billion $ fire. 32,000 people have been evacuated , 800 firefighters are engaged. lt is estimated it will last a month. The Springs population is over 600,000.

Prison is very restful.

The uncommented side story is that Nayak is probably violating the prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine by owning surgicenters.

Generally State Boards of Medicine are in the tank to what I call the hospital-insurance complex and refuse to enforce state laws in that regard.

Summed in one word…


Thank you Professor.

fulldroolcup | June 27, 2012 at 1:44 am

I’ve always heard the expression, “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” applied to wealthy families.

I guess it applies to civil rights crime syndicates as well.

Given Chicago politics, I suspect Jizzy Jr got a Get Well Card saying:

“Nice little private hospital bed, you got there, Jesse…I’d hate to see anything happen to it.”

Imagine. A Jesse Jackson without the magic, golden horseshoe up his ass.

Is his pay getting docked? /

Yes, well, one must get pretty “exhausted” when they’re running from the law. No rest for the wicked…

I love when the wicked are tired because they’re running from justice instead of running to do bad.

A_Nonny_Mouse | June 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

“Exhaustion”. I’ll bet!!

It’s a LOT of work to dig up those old incriminating documents; then you have to find a safe place to burn them (where the Feds won’t be likely to dig up and analyze the ashes).

Say!! Regarding the multiple Colorado wildfires– you don’t suppose– ????