Is Jesse Jr. playing possum to keep from being indicted??
Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is facing mounting calls to provide more details about his unexplained indefinite leave of absence from Congress.
The congressman’s office says a “serious” medical condition has Jackson undergoing treatment. But officials as high as Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat and senior member of the Illinois congressional delegation, are now urging him to clear up what exactly has kept him from work since June 10. Durbin is joined by church leaders, Jackson political challengers and voters in asking for more details and expressing concern about whether they are still being represented by their elected official.
“If somebody needs medical treatment, I’m as willing as anybody to give them time to heal. I hope he gets better,” Brian Woodworth, the Republican challenging Jackson for his seat in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, told FoxNews.com. “For the voters, what’s frustrating is they want to hear what is going on. They don’t want to know where he’s hiding.”
Durbin voiced his concerns Monday.
“As a public official, there comes a point when you have a responsibility to tell the public what’s going on,” said Durbin, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Jackson “will soon have to make a report on the physical condition he’s struggling with.”
Jackson, who was elected to Congress in a 1995 special election, has lately become the subject of a Capitol Hill ethics investigation.
Jackson’s office informed the public in late June that the congressman had taken medical leave as a result of exhaustion. Then his office, adding to the intrigue, said last Thursday that Jackson’s medical condition is “more serious than we thought.” His office said he has wrestled with “physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time.”
His office also said the 47-year-old Jackson will need extended treatment at an “inpatient medical facility” and post-release care.
Jesse Jr. got some ‘splainin’ to do! If he’s cashing checks supplied by tax money from the public he needs to cut out the BS and keep it 100!
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