Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. might be heading back to Mayo Clinic
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com October 18, 2012 6:24PM
Jesse Jackson Jr. (pictured in 2011) | Charles Dharapak~AP
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:03AM
Sneed hears U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is in a world of hurt and heat — medically and legally — may be returning to Mayo Clinic for treatment.
A Sneed source who claims to have visited Jackson this week said, “Jesse wanted you to know he is finding it difficult to continue his treatment because the press is staking out his home and making access to his doctor, who is within a short walking distance from his home, incredibly hard.”
“He said his doctors are considering sending him back to Mayo Clinic for treatment.”
The source added Jackson, who is being treated for bipolar disorder during his four-month absence from work, is trying “to stay focused and calm to enhance his treatment and is just following doctor’s orders.” Jackson, who is also being investigated by the Feds, sees his doctor twice a day.
Jackson is recuperating, not working and has no intention of dropping out of his re-election campaign, according to the source.
Congressman Jackson, the subject of a Gawker.com report that he was spotted recently having drinks on two nights with two different women at a beer bar in Washington, claims the women were “lobbyists... friends,” according to the source.
“Jesse was not working, just catching up and chatting with friends,” the source added. Gawker reported Jesse and the women “didn’t appear intoxicated or loud, but were definitely enjoying themselves.”
The Sun-Times disclosed on Friday that federal investigators have launched a new probe of Jackson’s finances for suspicious activity. A later Wall Street Journal report, which said Jackson was being probed for allegedly using campaign money to decorate his D.C. house, contends the probe is nearing completion and attorneys for the lawmaker recently sought assurance from senior Justice Department officials they would not seek an indictment before the November election. The request was refused.
Ald. Sandi Jackson, Jackson’s wife, who steadfastly supports her husband and father of their two children despite public reports of his infidelity two years ago, recently described reporters as “jackals” at a campaign fund-raiser in Chicago.
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