Jesse Jackson Jr. has no plans to give up his seat in the House of Representatives once he finishes treatment for his depression, the congressman’s father insisted Saturday.
“He’s responding…taking his treatment,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times
. But the longtime civil rights leader added, “This takes time. We can’t put a timetable on it.”
Jackson did not address whether his son will campaign in November's election. His district on the south side of Chicago is solidly Democratic. He won more than 89 percent of the vote at the last election.
The congressman’s wife Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson told reporters Friday that her husband becomes “completely debilitated" by his condition.
Jackson, an eight-term Democrat, collapsed at his Washington, D.C., home on June 10 and immediately sought treatment at Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona, she said — creating an absence his office didn’t explain for weeks. Late last month he flew to the famed Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to continue his treatment.
“They are now trying to find out if his depression, which has not yet been diagnosed as a bipolar disorder, is connected to the weight-loss surgery,” Sandi Jackson explained.
“I fully expect him to return to work, but not a day before the doctor says it’s OK…And although he has talked about teaching, he’s focusing on going back to work, back to his job. He is a gifted legislator.”
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