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Rev. Jackson: Son has no plans to retire from Congress

Updated: September 6, 2012 6:34AM

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is not planning to retire from public office as a result of his depression, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Saturday, a day after his daughter-in-law told the Sun-Times the congressman has been “debilitated by depression.”

The elder Jackson icon also said that no time line exists yet for his son’s recovery at the Mayo Clinic. “I can’t chase rumors,” Jackson said after his weekly broadcast at Rainbow PUSH Saturday morning.

Ald. Sandi Jackson told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed in an exclusive interview Friday that her husband is “completely debilitated by depression.”

“They are now trying to find out if his depression, which has not yet been diagnosed as a bipolar disorder, is connected to the weight-loss surgery. We don’t know,” she told Sneed.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he’s seen his son at Mayo. “He’s taking his treatment. This takes time. We can’t put a timetable on it.

“He’s responding.”

The congressman from Chicago’s South Side and south suburbs collapsed at his Washington, D.C., home June 10, his wife said. His office didn’t confirm his absence for weeks. He sought treatment for exhaustion at the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona, then flew to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“I fully expect him to return to work, but not a day before the doctor says it’s OK,” Sandi Jackson told the Sun-Times. “And although he has talked about teaching, he’s focusing on going back to work, back to his job. He is a gifted legislator.”

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