Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has ‘no plans for Election Night,’ campaign says
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2012 5:08PM
Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:13PM
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is being treated for mental health issues and is facing a federal probe, will not host an Election Night event and has voted by absentee ballot, a spokesman for his campaign said.
Jackson, who is up for re-election next week, is still being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., hospital spokesman Nick Hanson said in an email Wednesday.
The South Shore Democrat was admitted to the clinic earlier this month for follow-up treatment for bipolar disorder and depression.
Jackson’s campaign is making decisions based on what the doctors say.
“There’s no plans for Election Night,” spokesman Kevin Lampe said. “We’re waiting for his doctor’s approval to return to work.”
Lampe said it is not yet known whether Jackson would still be in the hospital on Election Night, again saying that it’s up to the doctors to decide.
Jackson was a patient at a facility in Arizona and at the Mayo Clinic most of the summer then returned to his Washington, D.C., home in September to recover.
Jackson has not campaigned since he won the spring primary. Lampe defended the silence saying the district’s constituents know their congressman, up for another two-year term, is hospitalized.
But for an automated phone call to constituents earlier this month, Jackson has not been heard from since June.
“It’s all about him getting healthy right now,” Lampe said.
It is widely expected that Jackson will win the South Side and south suburban 2nd Congressional District seat he has held since 1995.
Up against Jackson are independent candidate Marcus Lewis, Republican Brian Woodworth and write-in candidate Anthony W. Williams.
On top of the swirling questions about Jackson’s health and absence, the Sun-Times first reported earlier this month that Jackson’s campaign finances are the subject of a FBI investigation after the congressman allegedly improperly used campaign money to decorate his home.