Jesse Jackson Jr. says he’s ‘starting to heal’ … in robocall to constituents
You can’t make this shit up!
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. spoke out about his treatment for depression for the first time since the start of his secretive, four-month leave of absence, releasing a robocall Saturday to his south Chicago constituents in which he asks for patience while he recovers.
The 47-year-old Illinois Democrat and son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson quietly went on leave in early June and hasn’t appeared publicly since, despite seeking re-election for a ninth term in office. Jackson’s office didn’t publicly disclose he had gone on leave until two weeks into it, and it initially refused to specify the nature of his illness or even say where he was. It was later revealed he had been hospitalized for treatment of bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal problems, first at a facility in Arizona and later at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.