|U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson|
"Worse than we thought it was at first," was how Jackson categorized his son's unknown ailment. When asked what the problem is, Jackson said it was "inappropriate" to comment on what is wrong with his son.
That is exactly the opposite of what Illinois' senior senator--U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin--had to say.
|U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin|
"If there is some medical necessity for him not to say more at this moment then I will defer to that," Durbin said, but added that Jackson will soon have to report on what it is he is struggling with.
A press release from Jackson's office merely said he had checked himself into a medical in-care facility to deal with "physical and emotional ailments." Both Jackson's father and his wife, a Chicago alderman have refused to provide any detail as to what Jackson's ailment really is.
Jackson has now been on medical leave for a month.
During a similar time frame that Jackson disappeared from public view, Jackson's fundraiser pal--Raghuveer Nayak--was arrested by federal authorities in connection with allegedly unscrupulous business practices. Nayak became known during the Blagojevich scandal when Nayak was said to have made an offer on Jackson's behalf to purchase the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.
Jackson's attorneys say his disappearance is not connected to Nayak's arrest.
The only thing that is certain about Jesse Jackson, Jr. is that he is not among the most adored public officials.
The comments section of news stories written about his alleged illness is riddled with allegations, innuendos, and flat out attacks against him. According to the many negative statements, few believe that he is recovering from an illness or that his absence is unrelated to an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation into his alleged attempt to buy a senate seat .
Editorials have been written about how Jackson owes answers to the people who hired him.
I couldn't agree more.