Jesse Jackson Jr.: Congressman’s Office Denies Report Of Alcohol Addiction

There is a ton of hype surrounding congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s disappearance and it seems that, due to some unsavory claims made by NBC, which state that Jackson Jr. is in a rehab facility for alcohol and addiction, the congressman’s office has finally released more information about his condition.

NBC Chicago reports that spokesman Rick Bryant told them the alcohol addiction is 100% false. He stated:

“Information regarding the congressman’s treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPPA”). The name of the attending physician and treatment center will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy. His physician makes the following statement: ‘The congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding well.'”

The Huffington Post reports that Sandi Jackson, wife of Jesse Jackson Jr., clarified that her husband is in no way in rehab, although she refused to provide any additional details.

Jackson went on medical leave on June 10th, but didn’t disclose his decision to the public until two weeks later. Last week, the 47-year-old’s office finally released a statement, saying that Jackson Jr. is being treated at an inpatient medical facility for “physical and emotional ailments,” which are “more serious” than originally believed.

On Tuesday, Jackson’s father, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, declined to comment on his son’s condition, saying that it was “inappropriate” for him to disclose his condition, reports The Huffington Post. On Wednesday, the speculation continued on Jesse Jackson Jr.’s condition, with both House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD.) applying more pressure for an update on his condition.

Do you think that it is okay for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office to keep his condition and location private, or should the information be disclosed to Congress, and even the public?