Democratic Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.is hearing it from both sides of the isle these days. Since withdrawing from Congress on June 10th to deal with an undisclosed medical issue, politicians from both parties are urging him to tell his constituents and Congress what is wrong and when he plans to return. He is currently on an extended leave of absence.
Jackson’s office has told everyone that he is undergoing treatment for a very serious medical condition. Yet Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat and senior ember of the Illinois congressional delegation, has joined church leaders, Jackson’s political rivals and voters in trying to figure out what is keeping him out of Congress and is his condition so dire that he is realistically leaving his district without representation?
Brian Woodworth, the Republican challenging Jackson for his seat in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, told FoxNews.com,
“If somebody needs medical treatment, I’m as willing as anybody to give them time to heal. I hope he gets better. 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 joined the chorus of criticism on Tuesday saying,
“As a public official, there comes a point when you have a responsibility to tell the public what’s going on. [Jackson] will soon have to make a report on the physical condition he’s struggling with.”
Jackson’s office has released statements that have been very vague since June 10th. First they said that Jackson was taking medical leave because of exhaustion. Last Thursday they said he was still away because his condition was “more serious than we thought.” They also said that Jackson has been suffering from “physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time.”
His office also said Jackson will need extended treatment at an “inpatient medical facility” and post-release care.