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Thursday
Jul052012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Hospitalized

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly two months after taking a leave of absence from Congress, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional office Thursday said he is being treated at an "in-patient medical facility" for an unnamed ailment.

"Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time," Jackson's spokesman Frank Watkins said in a statement. "At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility."

Jackson took a leave of absence from his House duties in early June because of "exhaustion." His condition is now "more serious than we thought and initially believed," Watkins said.

"According to the preliminary diagnosis from his doctors, Congressman Jackson will need to receive extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter," he said in the statement.

Jackson, who was first elected to Congress in 1995, is running for re-election this year. He is also being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly offering money to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's gubernatorial campaign in exchange for President Obama's vacated Senate seat.

Blagojevich is currently serving a 14-year prison term for 17 counts of corruption, which include trying to sell Obama's seat.

Jackson is also being investigated for allegedly directing his campaign donor and friend Raghuveer Naya to foot the bill for airfare and hotel rooms for a female "social acquaintance."

Jackson's statement did not say when, or if, he would be returning to Congress.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Takes Mystery Leave of Absence

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Staffers for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., son of an African-American icon and the subject of a House ethics investigation, say they do not know when their boss will return to work after announcing that he has quietly been on a leave for the past two weeks because of "exhaustion."

The statement was released by Jackson's office late Monday night. His office has been open during that time, but the congressman had not been appearing on the Hill or on the House floor for votes.

"On Sunday, June 10th, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. went on a medical leave of absence and is being treated for exhaustion. He asks that you respect his family's privacy. His offices remain open to serve residents of the Second District," read a statement from his office.

Asked if staffers had received any word on Jackson's condition or when he planned to return to work, a spokesman said, "No."

Jackson's Twitter account remained active on Monday, twice posting about the Affordable Care Act, but it was unclear if Jackson had personally sent the messages.

Jackson, a Democrat from Chicago first elected to Congress in 1995, is running for re-election this year. Calls to his campaign to determine the status of his race were not immediately returned.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that Jackson offered to donate money to then Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's gubernatorial campaign in exchange for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Blagojevich was found guilty of corruption and began serving a jail term earlier this year.

Jackson has denied the accusation.

Jackson is also being investigated for allegedly directing Raghuveer Nayak, a political donor and friend, to pay for air fare and travel accommodations for a woman Jackson calls a "social acquaintance."

Nayak last week was found guilty on different fraud charges related to outpatient medical clinics.

Jackson's father is the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader and one-time presidential candidate.

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