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Jesse Jackson Jr. located at Arizona rehab facility

Jesse Jackson Jr. located at Arizona rehab facility

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., who has been noticeably absent from public life since June 10, has turned up at an Arizona rehab facility for alcohol abuse. In response to the report from Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC, his office has claimed he is being treated for a “mood disorder”:

Andrea Mitchell reports:

The democratic congressman from Illinois, who had been facing mounting pressure to disclose his location over the past month, must have a pretty serious mood disorder to require admission to a rehab center.

[Note: Clause in prior sentence with link about Jackson voting “no” on repeal was in error and has been removed.]


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If I had his father, I’d be there, too.

the no vote was from last year, the source updated that.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | July 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Donning my tin hat, I wonder if he was there last week…or if this was a recent move to the AZ facility plus a leak to a friendly Dem reporter (Mitchell).
Would JJjr really have been sequestered this long and this quietly for a problem with alcohol?

“Mood disorder?” What, was he a mean drunk?

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Tamminator. | July 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Yep, being a drunk will surely alter one’s mood. So, is he still collecting taxpayer dollars while in a sauce hospital? That’s all I care about.

      punfundit in reply to Juba Doobai!. | July 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Heck I tied one on a few hours ago and my mood was pretty good. I don’t know what he’s whining about.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to punfundit. | July 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        Maybe the booze story is a cover for what’s actually a druggie problem. Since it’s medical, nobody can get at the truth legally without a lot of finagling.

Severe clinical depression would fit that description.

Depending on how creative the spokes-hole was with “Mood disorder”.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Ragspierre. | July 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I think “Mood Disorder” was actually the first choice of the “Moody Blues.” Or was that the first choice of “The Who” or “The Guess Who?” I always get those guys confused…

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Ragspierre. | July 12, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Maybe his “mood disorder” is that he’s not been in the mood to answer questions from the feds.

    This is just all too convenient.

Juba Doobai! | July 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

A mood disorder? Let him buy a mood ring. That will fix it. Oh, he’s still in a bad mood? Reruns of I Love Lucy and Sanford and Son prescribed. Still there? Maybe Carol Burnett reruns will help. Whatever, stay away from Chris Rock cuz he sure isn’t funny!

TrooperJohnSmith | July 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Okay… who gave me the 5-bucks and took “rehab” at 2-to-1? 😈

Yeah, I hear that he’s got some mystery sleep disorder. Sounds like something afflicting an Edgar Allen Poe character, to me. I just hope he doesn’t get kicked out of the CBC for doin’ business with Arizona!

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | July 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I did. I took a stab at drugs or booze.

    Now pay up.

    rockribbedrushy in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | July 12, 2012 at 4:10 am

    One of the news reports about him said that he was “suffering” from “Sleep Apnea”.

    I wonder if it was the same “sleep apnea” that Patrick Kennedy was “suffering” from when he crashed into a wall rushing to a “vote in Congresas” at 2 am, eh?

    Would that he would decide to step down as Kennedy did.

    Observer in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | July 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I just hope he doesn’t get kicked out of the CBC for doin’ business with Arizona!


    AZ does seem to be an odd choice, especially considering how many tony rehab facilities there are in less “racist” states like California.

    But perhaps Jesse Jr. wanted to keep a low profile, and figured that all us “racists” here in AZ think all black guys look alike and wouldn’t be able to recognize him. Or perhaps he believes we’re all too busy demanding that our hispanic neighbors show us their papers?

stevewhitemd | July 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I live in a nearby district. I sincerely hope Mr. Jackson is able to rest, recover and deal successfully with his demons.

If I wanted to snark, I’d point out that of course he has a mood disorder: given his legal problems, he’s in no mood to go to prison.

But back to him: recovery will be a full-time process. That means, he should resign as a member of Congress. He can’t recover from addiction and also handle the pressures of the job.

He should step aside. That would be the private and public consensus if he were Republican, and it should be the private and public consensus for a Democrat.

l’d be a drunk too if: 1. l was a lefty dem. congressman. 2. My district was in Chicago. 3. l had to act like my constiuants were other than blithering idiots. 4. My leader is Nancy Pelosi , l have act like she is other than a blithering idiot. 5. l cant look at Shiela Jackson Lee without blowing chunks. 6. l discover Joe Biden is always the smartest dem in any room. 7. l get a boner whenever Big Sis comes in a room.

Wouldn’t it be easier to list the democrats who have never been in rehab?

There could be a separate volume for democrats who have never knocked up a campaign staffer or volunteer or consultant.

You could have a whole chapter of blank pages just for the Kennedys IN BOTH BOOKS!!!

BannedbytheGuardian | July 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Lorena Bobbited. He got dem walkin blues.

Henry Hawkins | July 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Alcohol dependence and depression are a common dual diagnosis and fit the facts. Or alcohol and bipolar disorder, also a common diagnosis for rehabs. Maybe depression and addiction to prescription meds. There are lots of substance abuse dual diagnoses, and it needn’t be either one or the other. A combination psych and substance abuse problem could explain the reported length of stay.

Buuuuut, then again, being a famous and wealthy politician, it wouldn’t be difficult at all for JJjr’s people to arrange a little Subpoena Colada vacation with a psychiatric hospital that enforces federal confidentiality law and accepts checks. Big checks.

So, we still know nuthin’.

Mr. Jackson? If you’re sick get well, and if you’re not, get bent.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Henry Hawkins. | July 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Can he be “ill” until the statute of limitations expires? And it cracks me up that he is hiding in bad. racist old ARIZONA! I’m sure he voted against Arizona in one of the CBC’s idiotic anti-1070 proclamations!

    “A’izona? Nobody find me there! And hey, grab muh clubs! An’ shoes.”

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Henry Hawkins. | July 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Given Blago’s situation and all the investigations that involve junior, this seems to have been quite an opportune moment for somebody who may want to avoid questioning by the feds to blow town for the inaccessibility of a private rehab center “under a doctor’s care.”

    jimzinsocal in reply to Henry Hawkins. | July 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Agree. Some legit thing like alcoholic treatment is one thing but if its simply a dodge thats quite another.
    I can have some sympathy/empathy for any suffering and untreated alcoholic. But not for someone exploiting some crisis of convenience.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to jimzinsocal. | July 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      If there is a genuine psychiatric and/or substance abuse pathology, long-term hospitalization is often indicated. There are, of course, a great many permanent residents of psychiatric hospitals. Any length of stay has precedent.

      However, if it’s a dodge for legal reasons, it affords his people time to ‘hide the bodies’, ‘counsel’ potential witnesses on what law enforcement authorities may ask them, and prepare Jackson for possible arrest and/or questioning. Then, when you’ve done all the prep work you can and the timing is as good as you can manage under the circumstances, out you come to face the music, whatever it may be: indictment, subpoena, etc. Going into the hospital as a dodge would be like calling ‘time out!’ on any proceedings they fear are coming his way.

SoCA Conservative Mom | July 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Isn’t he putting the cart before the horse? Any celeb or politico worth their salt has a very public meltdown, followed by claims of “exhaustion” and a stint in rehab. No meltdown or very well hushed up?

It is too bad this had to happen to him before Obamacare is fully implemented. This is probably going to bankrupt him and his family because the greedy insurance company only cares about the CEO’s bonus.

On the bright side for a leftist it looks like some big pharma CEO will probably have to take a cut when sales slump.

I wonder if they checked his papers…

I’ve got a mood disorder too.

The only cure is kicking these Leftists’ asses out in November.

Their heads exploding will also be soothing.

I’d say Jessie’s Progressive Message … err trying to wrap utopian socialist/communist ideals and tenets in paper and bows and project that as rooted in American values is a mental disorder.

Perhaps he finally realized what a vile,corrupt, stupid waste of air he is.

Henry Hawkins | July 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Forced to guess, I’d go with ‘he’s dodging’. It would be unusual for a politico so much in the limelight and with such a large posse to experience a genuine psych/booze/drug meltdown completely in private with zero insider-to-media leakage.

Horsesoldier | July 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Mood disorder? What, is he having his period?

He has a “mood disorder” disorder alright….he now has to face that he is a lowly liberal without any alcohol…that’s got to suck.