Jesse Jackson, Jr., Leaves Mayo Clinic After Second Treatment
Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., has left the Mayo Clinic for the second time after treatment for bipolar disorder, which has caused him to be absent from Congress for months.
The Democrat was re-elected to his seat in Congress last week but has been on leave since June, reports The Washington Post.
Neither his family nor his staff has given any updates on when, if at all, he will return to Congress. Illinois Governor Pat Quin stated Tuesday:
“Given the election is over, I think it’s important for him to tell his constituents and tell the public where he stands. It’s time for him to speak.”
But few details continue to come out about Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s, condition or even where he is after his release from the Mayo Clinic. Nick Hanson, a spokesman for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, stated that the congressman has been released from the clinic, but he was not aware of where Jackson went.
In the only statement by his family, the Reverend Jesse Jackson told some media that his son had not left the hospital, though he has not returned multiple requests for a comment, according to Yahoo! News.
Jackson, Jr.’s, Washington-based spokesman Frank Watkins stated that the congressman has not been to his Washington office but did not have any further information. Because of the lack of information, there has been scrutiny on whether or not the congressman will step down from his seat.
The uncertainty has spurred talk of who his potential successor would be. Sam Adam, Jr., a prominent Chicago attorney, has expressed interest in running for the seat. But until a statement is made from Jesse Jackson, Jr., there is not telling where he i, or whether he will be returning to Congress.