What’s going on with Jesse Jackson Jr?

posted at 8:40 pm on July 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Last month, his office said he was suffering from “exhaustion.” Last week, they allowed that he’d struggled “with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time” and was in the hospital — but would say no more. Tonight, a Democratic source tells Politico, “I don’t think he’s coming back until at least September, if he comes back at all.” His father denied a rumor broadcast on Chicago radio that Jackson had attempted suicide, but something’s obviously gravely wrong.

And the curious thing about it is that it’s DemocratsIllinois Democrats, in fact — who are pressing him to come clean. Michael Moynihan makes the case for disclosure:

With so few facts available, I can only say that if Jackson is indeed suffering from either physical or mental ailments — real problems that must be attended to by real medical professionals — it would be heartless to wish him anything but a speedy recovery. But as ABC News points out, Jackson is facing an ethics probe, and just “days before he left Congress on medical leave, a former fundraiser for Jackson, Raghuveer Nayak, was arrested by the FBI on charges of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to doctors.” Any disappearance shrouded in this much secrecy and circumlocution deserves a healthy dose of irritated skepticism.

Need I point out that Jackson is employed by his constituents, most of who cannot simply disappear from their jobs for a month without explanation? When a public servant claims that his ability to perform his job is hindered by health problems — the type that require at least a month of treatment — their medical affairs are no longer entirely private affairs. I can think of only two recent examples of politicians refusing to inform their subjects of serious medical conditions, save oblique references to a general diagnosis: Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. When I was in Caracas in February, Chavez was about to again disappear to Cuba for treatment of his mystery illness. Responding to a question about whether Venezuela could still be considered a democracy, an opposition journalist huffed that in democratic countries like the United States, politicians cannot simply disappear for weeks at a time, never telling the public exactly why. I agreed.

A cynic might suspect that he’s faking to douse the heat from that ethics probe, but I wouldn’t leap to that conclusion. The ethics probe might have something to do with it, but it may be a legit case of added stress from the investigation exacerbating whatever real condition he has.

What I can’t figure out is the significance of Dick Durbin and Luis Gutierrez urging him to disclose his problem. That could cut two ways. One: They know it’s politically embarrassing and want it out sooner rather than later so that it doesn’t mess with the Democrats’ campaign messaging down the stretch. They’re throwing him to the wolves, in other words. Two: It’s not politically embarrassing but the needless mystery around it created by the Jackson family’s secrecy is starting to become a liability in itself. Rather than have people wondering if it’s something seamy, the party’s better off if he reveals his condition and puts the suspicions to rest. I’m thinking the first theory is a lot more likely than the second, but either way, expect to find out the truth soon. Democrats are obviously getting fidgety over this. If we make it to Friday without a leak from someone in the know, I’ll be shocked.

Update: Is Gutierrez pressuring Jackson out of spite?

Last year, tensions ran high between Gutierrez and Jackson after the decennial redraw of the state’s Congressional map. Jackson angered Gutierrez when he sought answers about whether the state’s burgeoning Hispanic population required a second majority House district.

Interesting, but then why is Durbin pressuring him too? I doubt he’d want to be on Jackson Sr’s bad side the next time he’s up for reelection.


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ask his wife……

I betcha his boys are in a vice.

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM

exhaustion? Who the fark does he think he is…? Lindsay Lohan?

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM

What I can’t figure out is the significance of Dick Durbin and Luis Gutierrez urging him to disclose his problem.

the Dems have had enough. Weiner burned them irreparably. Nowadays, if you gets your crank in a tweet, er…twist… you better throw yourself under the bus and don’t be askin’ Dicky Durbin to untwist it for ya.

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Looks like its just Allah and me…

sup’ dog/?

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 8:44 PM

They need to conduct a urinalysis.

BKeyser on July 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Polonium poisoning?

Flange on July 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

What’s going on with Jesse Jackson Jr?

Who cares? It’s not like he might be better than his daddy who wore a shirt for three days stained with the blood of his ‘hero’.

Normal healthy men, not the self-promoting type, wouldn’t wait to get that shirt off their backs.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

There is a rumor of a suicide attempt.

bayview on July 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

AIDS?

jukin3 on July 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

And another thing: When JJ saw Martin Luther was shot, did he try performing CPR?

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Come clean, Jesse Jr. Your constituents need to know if you are going to be able to perform your elected duties. If not, resign and get well.

Philly on July 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

If we make it to Friday without a leak from someone in the know, I’ll be shocked.

ditto. They know, he knows, he knows they know, they know that he knows that he needs to come clean and he’s on his own.

G’head JJ–call a press conference. The ghost of Andrew Breitbart may preside over your conference……/

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

herpesgonosyphillAIDS

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Coke?

Conservative4ev on July 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Sumpin done stinks in Denmark,er Chicago!!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

OT: I figured this was coming…

/oh and get well soon, JJ Jr.

Ugly on July 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Prayers ascending for his good health and political failure. I want him to be in good health whilst in prison…

OmahaConservative on July 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Rather than a genuine illness, let’s hope it’s a good, stinky, juicy, ugly, nasty scandal (also known as “business as usual” in Chicago) even if the media will cover for him. But, in the end it hardly matters. The seat’s always going to go to a crooked Chicago DemThug.

natasha333 on July 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I’m telling you, he’s pregnant. He’ll be back after he’s recovered his figure.

xdwall on July 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Spin Dry?

chickasaw42 on July 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Raghuveer Nayak, was arrested by the FBI on charges of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to doctors.”

What the heck requires bribes of hundreds of thousands of dollars?

underage mother of a love child?

trubble on July 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

On the dl?

cptacek on July 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

His father denied a rumor broadcast on Chicago radio that Jackson had attempted suicide, but something’s obviously gravely wrong.

Yeah, his father has such sterling reputation that his denial is like gold. Fool’s gold. My bet? Junior has a terrible case of “corruption-itus got-caughtus.” It should be cured in 5-15 years…

rcpjr on July 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

He’s a spoiled brat that can’t handle it when his daddy can’t save him.

bs4948800 on July 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Must really be something serious if the “RACE” card hasn’t been played.
Maybe the loan sharks that loaned him the mill to buy Obama’s Senate seat came due and he has to stay on the down low.

chickasaw42 on July 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Crack is a helluva drug.

RedNewEnglander on July 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

HIV, and an underage love child, with same.

Gebirgsjager on July 10, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Maybe he tweeted his “Naughty Bits” online,and got a
virus!!
(snark).

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 9:01 PM

exhaustion = he’s addicted to drugs.

bictech on July 10, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Must really be something serious if the “RACE” card hasn’t been played.

chickasaw42 on July 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Racist whitey made him so upset! There is NO WAY you could possibly understand the agonies of being a rich race-baiting black man in racist America!

/total snark

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

He’s exhausted all right. Exhausted from fending off all of the investigations he’s under.

I don’t wish ill health to anyone, but that dude is as crooked as his old man and will be held accountable.

BacaDog on July 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Finally found out who is real Momma is?

Hog Wild on July 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

What I can’t figure out is the significance of Dick Durbin and Luis Gutierrez urging him to disclose his problem.

Update: Is Gutierrez pressuring Jackson out of spite?

From talk in Chicago, J cubed is not a nice person. He is arrogant and difficult to work for and with. A real piece of work. Imagine if the likes of Durbin, Gutierrez and a number of other skeezy Democrats are happy to see him resign, what he’s really like.

That said, for his children’s sake, I hope he gets the help he needs for whatever is going on with him. I posted this before and it is something to think about:

Swapping one addiction for another is common among gastric-bypass patients, who struggle more than the general population with issues of addiction.

An aquaintance from high school got gastric-bypass surgery in her 30′s and she looked great for a while. She died of alcoholism at 45 years of age. I dunno…

Fallon on July 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Oh Oh……I know……,it was a,

KOOL_AID FREE_BASING ACCIDENT!!
(snark).

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Did he get a ‘Target Letter’ from the DOJ?

meci on July 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Crack is a helluva drug.

RedNewEnglander on July 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I’m Rick James b!tch!

NotCoach on July 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

“Exhaustion” is celebrity code for “monumental drug addiction”. If he was simply sick he could fess up and would be treated like Gabby Giffords who retained her seat even when she was not compos mentis.

Hopefully he is not actually sick and this is just a tawdry sex scandal.

CorporatePiggy on July 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Full chronic depression for losing his bought and paid for life senate seat from Blaco. He did very illegal and unholy things for it. All hope was lost when Blaco went to the clank. One e-mail can send him to the hole with Ron and his fellow democrats enemies might have it and say they have it. To use against him for life.

Or he found out he has a half white half brother who he did not know about and no one knows about but daddy JJ Sr and his white friend do.

tjexcite on July 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Jesse “I Know Kung Fu!” Jackson Jr. is as much a certified bloviating blowhard as his Big Daddy, Jesse “Jetstream” Jackson Sr. Between the two of them, they have both contributed to making Chicago the laughingstock of the world. The suspicions around town is that Jackson is hiding from something big, something that could not only damage his political career, but destroy it. As to what it is, there are only rumors and speculations. But it is very obvious that whatever it is, it has Jackson feigning illness and even the likes of Dick Durbin is now wondering what is going on, as well as what is Jackson hiding. Stay tuned and keep that popcorn popping!

pilamaye on July 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Who gives a flying flip? Except to hope it is painful and either fatal or permanent. The scum is a waste of earthly square footage and oxygen.

nueces on July 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Raghuveer Nayak is one of Jesse fundraisers and I believe he was the one who talked to Blago’s brother about buying Obama’s seat.

Although he raised money for politicians for more than a decade, Nayak was little known publicly until late 2008, when his name surfaced as a connection between Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who was seeking to replace Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Nayak was a longtime fundraiser for both Blagojevich and Jackson. The Tribune first reported on Dec. 12, 2008, that Nayak and Bedi privately told many of the more than two dozen attendees at an on Oct. 31, 2008, luncheon meeting attended by Blagojevich that the fundraising effort was aimed at supporting Jackson’s bid for Senate.

Nayak has told federal investigators that Jackson asked him to raise campaign money for Blagojevich in hopes that the then-governor would appoint Jackson to the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama, sources familiar with the investigation have told the Tribune.

In 2008, the Tribune reported that Nayak and a fellow Indian-American businessman had agreed to help Jackson’s chances of replacing Obama by raising as much as $1.5 million for Blagojevich. Nayak was never charged in that investigation nor was he called to testify at Blagojevich’s two trials.

Hopefully they will be sharing a cell together.

JPeterman on July 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Ted c and canpofor are champion tag team snarkers.

SparkPlug on July 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Here’s hoping its not a serious medical condition or anything. A corruption indictment I could live with.

LukeinNE on July 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM

with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time”

Yeah, with a father like his, I can see that.

GarandFan on July 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

He’s suffering from “hostess” “cupcake” withdrawl.

southsideironworks on July 10, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Panderitis and Racebaitatrophy…His father was diagnosed with it for years.

the Coondawg on July 10, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Obama does this to ya….
I think he just read 2,700 pages of O-Tax…

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM

He’s trying to buy time. They have him nailed on corruption charges. He’s trying to hang on DUMMIES. I swear to G the collective IQ of this dumb fing nation can’t get any lower. We are led by fing losers.

pc on July 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM

He’s the Rev Jaaaaackson’s son? That’s be enough for me.

Dingbat63 on July 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

My guess.

Sekhmet on July 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Hope it wasn’t a suicide attempt, I feel for someone who reaches a place that dark.

Bishop on July 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

He’s being vetted by Obama for the vp spot

Conservative4ev on July 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Just noticed the picture. Is that Ralph Nader stalking Triple J?

Fallon on July 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Jesse “I Know Kung Fu!” Jackson Jr. is as much a certified bloviating blowhard as his Big Daddy, Jesse “Jetstream” Jackson Sr. Between the two of them, they have both contributed to making Chicago the laughingstock of the world.

pilamaye on July 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Drudge has done a pretty good job the past couple of days at highlighting the lunacy that’s going on in Chicago with regards to their crime/gang problem.

JPeterman on July 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Jesse to announce a run for the Office…

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Hope it wasn’t a suicide attempt, I feel for someone who reaches a place that dark.

Bishop on July 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

If it was a suicide attempt, then it’s a damned shame he failed. Nope, sorry, no love for anyone helping to destroy America.

SWalker on July 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

If he’s sick I’m sorry and wish him no evil.That being said as a person and a member of Congress he is a snake. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree here. Chicago politics at its best…

sandee on July 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Ted c and canpofor are champion tag team snarkers.

SparkPlug on July 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

SparkPlug:Haha,sometimes I follow Ted,and the Andrea,
“Flummoxed” comment,on the Sununu thread was a hoot!:)

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Bath salts?

I heard it was all the rage with the young people…

ProfessorTombstone on July 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Polonium poisoning?

Flange on July 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

The Joooos!

davidk on July 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM

But it is very obvious that whatever it is,

pilamaye on July 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

TMZ will break it.

davidk on July 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Probably AIDS. He’s been on the down low.

fleiter on July 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

What’s going on with Jesse Jackson Jr?

This must be an offshoot of “What the hell did Jesse Jackson Say?”
http://www.kfiam640.com/pages/jessejackson/

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Does anyone know what would happen if JJJ would withdraw from the race? Would the dems be able to put someone else on at this late date?

usedtobeinmich on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

What had happened to my post?

SouthernGent on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

If JJ Jr passes on, will (some other woman’s baby daddy) Jesse Senior wear his son’s shirt for three days and further try making himself some kind of living martyr?

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

What had happened to my post?

SouthernGent on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Obama taxed it.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

‘What’s going on with Jesse Jackson Jr?’…Who cares? The Dems are self destructing.

rjh on July 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Maybe JJ, Jr. been spendin’ too much time in the “bushes.”

TXUS on July 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

usedtobeinmich on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

It’s Chicago….if its too late to replace him according to election rules, their non-partisan panel of Democrats governing election rules will change them.

LukeinNE on July 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

If JJ Jr is seriously ill, that’s where my politics ends. Prayers for him.

dforston on July 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Jesse Jackson Jr. has either got:

a) Red-spot-itis, like everyone came down with on that episode of H.R. Pufnstuf

b) The fever for the flavor of a Pringles

c) Ants in his pants and a need to dance

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

What had happened to my post?

SouthernGent on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Is it at the same undisclosed location as JJ,Jr?

Resist We Much on July 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Bishop on July 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I’m with you on this one. The ripple effect is worse than a sunami.

On the other hand, he better have a very good lawyer to back up the doctor. I hope he goes away, never to be relevant again…and take yo daddy with ya……….

JohnnyD on July 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Gerbil in the ass?

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Sorry, MKH Editor of Large Things:
Hamster in his ass?

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

What had happened to my post?

SouthernGent on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Probably said a bad word. Goes to moderation, might not come out.

slickwillie2001 on July 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Stewbum? Drug addict? Lunatic? Democrat? Take your pick.

But really, who cares?

Pork-Chop on July 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

If JJ Jr is seriously ill, that’s where my politics ends. Prayers for him.

dforston on July 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

If he were on fire, writhing in the street, neither my prayers nor piss for him. When people like him, who wants to “transform” this country — read “kill” it — it is not about politics anymore, it is about survival, and my kids.

TXUS on July 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

usedtobeinmich on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Were you once wasinmich at some point on the web?

OmahaConservative on July 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Hope it wasn’t a suicide attempt, I feel for someone who reaches a place that dark.
Bishop on July 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

If it was and he survived it, let’s hope it opens his eyes and he first recognizes it was he who put him there and only he can correct the problem.

Cleombrotus on July 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I’m throwin’ down $10 bucks on a “I needsta spend some more time with my family” speech in the near future. If not a speech, a letter….. I suspect Anthony Weiner is a slight bit more courageous than this joker….wait, did I just say that?

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

politico is reporting that there WAS a suicide attempt. per drudge.

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

An exhausted Democrat–is that even possible?

hillsoftx on July 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

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.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78373.html#ixzz20H8L4nq7

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Corruption doesn’t seem to bother Holder or Obama one bit.
Guess it helps to have virtually all of the MSMedia protecting you.
Can you get stressed by corruption if you lack a conscience?

bailey24 on July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Were you once wasinmichigan at some point on the web?

OmahaConservative on July 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

OmahaConservative on July 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

He is Sasha Obama’s Daddy. Just look at JJ Jr.’s daughter, she and Sasha could be twins

utebell on July 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

politico is reporting that there WAS a suicide attempt. per drudge.

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Typical liberal–can’t do anything right.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Whatever it is I hope his daddyJesse and Al Sharpton catch it.

Tc0061 on July 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Jokes aside, I add my good wishes to Mr. Jackson Jr. for a speedy recovery, and to his family.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Ted c and canpofor are champion tag team snarkers.

SparkPlug on July 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

…I’m waiting for one of them to swing the metal folding chair!

KOOLAID2 on July 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Did he get a ‘Target Letter’ from the DOJ?

meci on July 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Ha! Fat chance. Holder isn’t sending any target letters to “his people” (his words, not mine).

Rational Thought on July 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Jokes aside, I add my good wishes to Mr. Jackson Jr. for a speedy recovery, and to his family.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Good wishes for what, Lady? To recover from a failed attempt made with all cowardice to blow off your own head?

If he was injured and near death because of an accident, I would pray for him. But there is NO way I’ll send good tidings to a liberal racist coward who not only can’t handle reality and tries offing himself because of his weakness, but also fails at the attempt.

Further, such incapacity as to attempt suicide makes him ineligible to remain in Congress. He needs to be censured by that august body forthwith.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Something smells fishy in Chi-town. Ethic investigations, associates getting bagged by the FBI, sudden need to disappear for rest, now rumors of a suicide attempt. Sounds like KARMA to me.

If only this would happen to more crooked pols, this might actually help we the people clean up the cespool know as Washinton D.C.

D-fusit on July 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I add my good wishes to Mr. Jackson Jr. for a speedy recovery, and to his family.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

…ditto that!…but people have a right to the disclosure of what’s really going on…he’s not paying the bills like some entrepreneur his side despises…

KOOLAID2 on July 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Oh lord baby Jesus please please please let this be another scandel as big as or bigger than Weiners was. Please.

newportmike on July 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM

He’s got Obama’s birth certificate, social security number information, and his college transcripts……

itsspideyman on July 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM

usedtobeinmich/wasinmich all the same! :)

usedtobeinmich on July 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Rather than a genuine illness, let’s hope it’s a good, stinky, juicy, ugly, nasty scandal

natasha333 on July 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Nice…Jackson’s a complete jerk, but this comment is uncalled for.

asc85 on July 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

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