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Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery deepens

Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery deepens

Anne has written about this before, Why is Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. still MIA?

Now even Democratic pols are wondering out loud what is going on.  Via The Hill:

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mysterious disappearance from public life led to new calls by Illinois Democrats on Tuesday for him to give voters more information about his condition.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Tuesday became the second high-profile Chicago Democrat to demand that Jackson be more candid. Gutierrez, who has been a rival of Jackson’s, said the congressman “has a responsibility to give us more information.”

“I’m not demanding that information,” Gutierrez told the Chicago Tribune. “But I think the people of his congressional district deserve it. The people of Illinois deserve it. If he’s going to stand for reelection, you guys are going to demand it.”

Jackson, a nine-term Illinois Democrat, last appeared on Capitol Hill in early June, His office has issued two statements since then indicating he’s on medical leave — the first citing “exhaustion” and the second suggesting his condition is much more severe.

The strange episode has fueled speculation about Jackson’s condition and whereabouts. An almost total absence of information — his congressional office will not answer any questions — has created abundant space for rumor and the most extreme conjecture.


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It can’t be good, whatever it is. Daddy Jesse has done the “family asks for your thoughts and prayers” thing.

The fish is stinking bad enough to get Deemocrats to complain about the odor.

    CalMark in reply to Ragspierre. | July 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Life catches up with everyone in the end. No matter who you are. No matter who your father is. No matter how much money one or both of you have. No matter how powerful, important, or outspoken you may be.

    Pity and human understanding, I can give.

    But no sympathy — ever, because these tyrannical Democrats manipulate such terrible situations for political gain. Remember Teddy Kennedy and the Obamacare bill.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to CalMark. | July 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      One of my Pop’s favorite sayings: “Sympathy is in the dictionary, right between sh!t and syphilis.”

    shortwave8669 in reply to Ragspierre. | July 11, 2012 at 8:16 am

    WLS-AM radio is reporting that sources say JJJ attempted suicide after his fundraiser started speaking to FBI. The motive would be that JJJ knows he is about to be arrested for bribery/ corruption and is trying to avoid that by flipping the light switch. The attempt was probably his taking a large number of pills.

In jj jr’s absence his district is running smoother than it has in the past 18 years.

9thDistrictNeighbor | July 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

WLS-AM radio went public this afternoon concerning rumors that the Congressman had attempted to take his life, citing “highly placed sources with the DNC in Washington.”. An awful rumor, and if true, an awful thing. I’ll not pile on.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to 9thDistrictNeighbor. | July 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Well, if he tried to off himself because he’s being investigated for kiddie rape or some other heinous act, then he won’t survive it to election day anyway. He’d do better for himself to step down.

    If he tried to off himself because of some general depression, and he wants to get re-elected, he wouldn’t be on the lam. Too much curiosity. If he tried to off himself because of some general depression, and he doesn’t want to get re-elected, then why not just step down and take all the buzz off himself?

    Besides, if he’d been hospitalized for a suicide attempt, he’d be out by now and his people would be telling a story about hospitalization for some ailment and he’s fine now.

    So that story doesn’t add up.

    Given junior’s voting record, I’ll assume the worst about him until I know otherwise.

      Are you kidding? He’s from Chiago. Of course he’ll survive an election even the worst criminal is a politician in Chicago.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | July 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      If Jackson was involuntarily committed for suicidal plans or an actual attempt, he may be forcibly detained as long as the clinical team can convince a judge he remains a danger to himself and/or others. There is no overall time limit, though you have to reassert the danger-to-self criteria to the court at intervals.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Henry Hawkins. | July 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        I’m awar of all that. The thing is, if this matter had been in court, somebody would have found out about it long before now. He wasn’t committed by a judge. It’s almost completely impossible to hide court proceedings.

Henry Hawkins | July 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Typically, more mundane medical issues like cancer, MS, etc., bring no shame and are announced, with calls for prayer and goodwill, of course. The silence suggests something that won’t reflect well on the man. Still, we know nothing, and like 9thDistrictNeighbor, I’ll resist temptation.

I don’t think I would agree with a JJJr on the time of day, but there’s enough evidence out there that something has gone terribly wrong for him.

I think it best to keep him in my prayers, and to leave the political discussions for another time.

    Ragspierre in reply to turfmann. | July 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Funny, isn’t it, what some people find “unlikeable”. There are some haters out there, I guess…

      herm2416 in reply to Ragspierre. | July 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      In fairness, Rags, I have an iPad, sometimes my finger slips to the dislike and I can’t erase it. Btw, I agree with the above posters; if it was a suicide attempt, that is a shame. JJJ is my rep, my first thought was Hazelden.

        Ragspierre in reply to herm2416. | July 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        I get you. But when I slip, I say so.

        jakee308 in reply to herm2416. | July 11, 2012 at 12:38 am

        I just disliked your comment to see if it can be reversed and NO it can’t.

        Hey PROF. how’s about a reverser on likes/dislikes. Just make it so you can cancel on or the other by clicking the opposite.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to herm2416. | July 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Let’s look at your idea using the parameters the left subscribes to. They are in complete support of a woman deciding to kill her child before it’s born, right up to days before it is due. So, if it’s okay to choose whether another human will live or die, obviously it is a perfectly reasonable and acceptable act within their reasoning to take one’s own life.

        Junior has the absolute right to choose and we should not pass judgment on him by assuming he needs prayer. How dare we project our value of celebrating and respecting life on someone who doesn’t by praying or through any other means? It’s not our decision. It’s his.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to turfmann. | July 11, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Maybe something went terribly wrong for someone else and he’s the cause?

TrooperJohnSmith | July 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Wow… compare the comments in this thread to the Kos when Dick Cheney had his heart transplant.

God Bless conservatives. Truly.

    Conservatives don’t hate. We have fundamental disagreements.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to McCoy2k. | July 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

      What’s wrong with hate? It only became passe when the left purloined the term and began casting it on conservatives and pubs as the force behind our drive to cut taxes/demand accountability/expect responsibility, etc..

        “What’s wrong with hate? It only became passe when the left purloined the term…”

        Well, if you erase that whole “history” thing, and that whole “Bible” thing.

        But you are a KNOWN fan of hate, it has to be said.

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Ragspierre. | July 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

          And you are a known fan of stupid. I was joking – taking a jab at the left and their propensity to take emotions and project them onto those they hope to conquer and/or to mold them into some sort of silly law.

        You’re confusing hate with righteous anger. There is a difference. We have a right to be angry and to act on it in a positive way. Hate is another thing entirely.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

My guess . A paedo affair. According to the fabulously ironic named Guttmacher (making good ) Institute the common age for black girls beginning sex is 13.

Some babydaddie has brought a gun to the knife fight. My further guess is it is very close to home.

For a family that has successfully lorded over every law & social norm this is the only thing that brings them down.

great unknown | July 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Being conspiracy-minded, I propose that he had too much info on the Obama mob and has been disappeared ala Vince Foster. Remember, the next US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois may not be the “paragon of honesty and ethics” that Patrick Fitzgerald was, and may actually look for the bodies.

stevewhitemd | July 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I live in a nearby district. Junior has had his problems for a while. An affair, a medical problem, the ethics probe, and the recent arrest of one of his former fundraisers (that person was apparently bribing doctors).

Now this.

A suggestion: no political office is worth one’s life and self-respect. It might be best for Mr. Jackson to step aside and concentrate on health, family and what is dear to him. I certainly won’t pile on now, and I hope he succeeds in dealing with whatever demons are afflicting him.

    WarEagle82 in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    no political office is worth one’s life and self-respect.

    Clearly Democrats know no office is worth “one’s self-respect.” Frankly, virtually none of them have any self-respect. And they have proven that over and over and over and over again for the last several decades.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Maybe he’s under arrest or has fled the country because Holder and obastid are aboout to lower the boom on him because he has some dirt on them that he got too big for his britches with and tried to leverage on them.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    What was the medical problem? Drug addiction? Alcoholism?

    Maybe he’s in rehab.

Speculation: Maybe he started to sane up. That could cause great mental trauma for a D. C. dem power player.

    WarEagle82 in reply to secondwind. | July 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    The positively worst thing one could wish on a DC politician is that they get inflicted with a touch of “conscience” or “sanity” if you will. It would immediately debilitate almost any of them.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to WarEagle82. | July 11, 2012 at 6:35 am

      He can prove it now, by changing parties.

      Pwease don’t waff at me. It hoits my tendew widdol feeeeeewings. 🙁 ❗

huskers-for-palin | July 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Sorry for being off topic, but how many votes are needed in the Senate to nullify a treaty (get out of one)? Just curious.

Need 67 to get into one, how many to get out?

I don’t wish the man any personal ill. Though I expect if he said the same about any number of conservatives he would be lying. In fact, if he is ill, I really do hope that he makes a quick and full recovery.

There has been too much corruption and race-baiting and lining of pockets and even in Chicago that can catch up to a man. I hope JJJ is well and healthy when tried so that when he is convicted and he gets to spend a long time behind bars with his pals like Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich.

We all know if a GOP or conservative Congressman or Cabinet Member pulled such a disappearing act, JJJ and all the rest of his “progressive” buddies would be on the war path and start a head hunt in a heartbeat.

If it weren’t for double standards leftists would have no standards at all.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to WarEagle82. | July 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    If it was a pub who went MIA, the media would have had the answers within 24 hours and they and the rats would all be piling on demanding s/he step down immediately.

    The hue and cry, the din, oh, the humanity!

    But it’s nothing new for rats to go missing anyway. Heck, look at what the Wisconsin rats did, and that’s not the first time they pulled that. They disappear when they’re not getting their way. Maybe that’s what he’s done. Maybe he didn’t have enough juice to quell whatever has been bubbling up in his life.

Some of you are just horrible. If the rumors are true then we hope he has a speedy recovery in the arms of his loving family.

Democrats never tell the truth. The guy could be dead, and he’s probably voting in the next election, for all we know.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Tamminator. | July 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    He’s hiding out, trying to get sympathy. Daddy says junior is suffering from “exhaustion.” He’s been exhausted for a month now.

    Here’s another possible scenario: Blago got a pretty hefty sentence. Maybe Blago wouldn’t give anything up until after the jury came in, rolling the dice. So maybe now that they bitch-slapped him with a hefty sentence he’s angling to get his sentence reduced or some other benefit by spilling his guts, which of course is bad news for junior. So now junior is trying to get sympathy by being “exhausted” and unable to make public appearances – anything for sympathy and to avoid questions.

He saw the coming conflagration from the various investigations and tried to take the coward’s way out.

Unfortunately, he failed at that also and had to be hospitalized.

With his Father covering for him and spreading the do re mi around to keep folks quiet, his family (and political allies and “friends”) are hoping they can parlay this situation into a quick and quiet retirement* with the investigations stifled or settled and sealed.

It’s hard to hide when you attempt suicide with a gun and miss.

*JJJR has decided to resign his seat in the House of Representatives to take up new and exciting projects while being able to spend more time with his family and friends.

I do not agree with Jesse Jackson Jr on policy or politics, but I wish him well personally.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to EBL. | July 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I wonder if he’d feel the same way about you, like when you’re waiting 8 months for bypass surgery as a result, in part, of his vote in favor of obastardcare.

    Ragspierre in reply to EBL. | July 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

    See, you are letting your Christian values muddle your hate, and there are people here who resent that, as you can see.

    “Fascinating”, as Spock would say.

At least he is not in congress voting to further screw up the Country.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

Wow -you ought read the comments at the Suntimes. You guys are way too polite.

When the opposition is down kick’em to the gutter.

Subotai Bahadur | July 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

There are a number of plausible scenarios. Of the ones I have heard [given the sudden onset and deliberate lack of interest by the MSM] I would guess in order of likelihood:

1. The irate father/family syndrome. Whatever triggered it has to be of a nature that it would be a career ender if found out. It is scary to think of what public character flaw would embarrass a Chicago politician. If the guy got through and wounded JJJ requiring hospitalization and convalesence; it would match current behavior. I assume that the father/family have been dealt with by the Chicago machine, requiring further discretion.

2) Suicide attempt or perhaps a drug overdose that left irreversible sequalae. You can gloss over brain damage in a Democrat politician; but not combined with coma, loss of motor function, or incontinence.

Said suicide attempt may be secondary to an investigation, but I doubt it. The regime is more than capable of suppressing a government investigation.

3. I don’t think it is a case of JJJ unsuccessfully trying to blackmail the regime; because first JJJ has witnessed the Chicago machine at work all his life and probably understands the “correlation of forces”, second, I am sure that the regime has more than a little of JJJ’s background that they can leak out or indict him on, which he knows.

I am not of the Judeo-Christian faith tradition. There are rumors extent that I am not a nice person. I’m buying popcorn and watching with more than passing amusement.

Subotai Bahadur