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Editorial: Cut Rep. Jackson a little slack

Updated: August 12, 2012 6:25AM

How about we give U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. a break?

At least for a moment or two.

If you missed it, Jackson has been on medical leave since June 10. His office initially cited “exhaustion.” It then became clear that his condition is more serious. His office last week said he had checked himself into an inpatient facility for treatment of long-term “physical and emotional ailments.”

Since then, there have calls from all quarters for Jackson to make known where he is, to detail his condition and to let his constituents know when he plans to return.

In due time.

As an elected official up for re-election, Jackson has no choice but to be upfront about his condition. But for the moment, he looks to need a little breathing room.

Jackson’s troubles in recent years were largely self-inflicted, including an alleged affair and a House ethics probe into allegations that in 2008 he directed a supporter to offer a campaign donation in exchange for appointment to the U.S. Senate, a charge Jackson strenuously denies.

Despite that, Jackson is still a father, a husband and a human being who deserves a measure of sympathy. Let’s give him space.

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