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Updated: August 15, 2012 6:08AM

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mother, Jacqueline Jackson, told a Rainbow/PUSH conference Friday that her son has suffered years of “enormous disappointment.”

“I’m not ashamed to say ... he thought he was going to be a senator. He thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor. And young people don’t bounce back from disappointment like me and my husband,” she said.

Rep. Jackson, son of Rainbow/PUSH founder the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., has checked himself into an inpatient treatment center — reportedly in Arizona — because of a mood disorder and exhaustion, his office said.

Around the same time he was taking a medical leave from his job as a congressman — a leave not announced until two weeks later — his friend and fund-raiser Raghuveer Nayak was arrested as part of an unrelated alleged fraud scheme.

Nayak allegedly offered former Gov. Rod Blagojevich campaign money in exchange for Blagojevich appointing Jackson to Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, according to testimony at Blagojevich’s trial. Jackson has never been charged and maintained he never authorized any campaign contribution offer in exchange for the Senate seat appointment he publicly campaigned for.

Jackson’s mother expanded on that at the women’s luncheon Friday during Rainbow/PUSH’s annual conference: “We don’t believe a darn thing until we see it,” she said. “You’re going to have to show us. We’re from Missouri. But young people also need to listen. They need to make themselves available to understand many of the illusions and the trinkets that are being dangled in front of their faces.”

Mrs. Jackson also asked for prayers and privacy.

“My son is unwell, and he needs a moment to heal. And I ask you to pray for me without cease. Do for me what I’ve done for you. I want you to respect that. Give us a moment. Most of all for him.”

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