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Jesse Jackson Jr. ‘thought about’ leaving politics, source says

U.S. Rep. Jesse JacksJr. (2nd District)

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (2nd District)

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Updated: September 4, 2012 6:15AM

The Jackson Saga ...

Sneed hears U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., whom Sneed exclusively disclosed was being treated at the Mayo Clinic, has considered pulling the plug on his political career.

“He’s thought about it,” said a Sneed source familiar with Jackson’s sorry state, suffering from depression and stomach disorders.

“He’s thought about a lot of things and is very aware his re-election bid is in November. He is under intense pressure to make a statement personally about his situation.”

Meanwhile, Jackson’s wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, is under intense pressure to get back to work.

“Sandi, who is smart and incredibly warm and charming, knows it’s the Jackson’s family name and power which netted her the aldermanic job. And the back and fourth trips the couple was making between Chicago and Washington was hard on their family life,” said the source. “Jesse also knows he’s got to step up to the plate with the kids.”

The Jackson Saga II …

Congressman Jackson — whose mental state has certainly been impacted by the recent federal indictment of his pal, Raghuveer Nayak, a former close companion and traveling buddy — isn’t the only high profile name whose health has reportedly been affected by legal worries.

◆To wit: The lawyer representing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is worried about his client’s health due to the pressure to extradite him from Britain to Sweden for questioning over sex crime allegations.Assange is not holed up in a hospital. He’s living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has sought asylum. “But at the same time I am worried about his psychological and physical condition, because the tension he is experiencing is very great,” his attorney, Baltasar Garzon told reporters.

◆The kicker: “He [Assange] fears that if sent to Sweden, he will be re-extradited to the United States to stand trial for espionage for publishing leaked US diplomatic cables that embarrassed governments around the world,” Garzon added.

The Peterson File …

Vroom Doom: Accused wife murderer Drew Peterson, whose vehicular entrance and exit from the Will County Court House to the County Jail is akin to the U.S. Secret Service guarding a presidential motorcade, is treated like a meter reader when it comes to food: Sneed is told Peterson was served a cheese sandwich and microwaved waffles for lunch Thursday afternoon during a court recess.

◆Sneed readers point out dapper Will County prosecutor James Glasgow, whose hair seems to dazzle with Brylcreem, is a bigtime lookalike to Hollywood actor Tom Skerritt. Whaddaya think?

The Romney File ...

Pssst! GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is hitting town Tuesday for two Loop fund-raisers; a $10,000 to $75,800 a ticket gathering of manufacturing nabobs including Caterpillar chief Doug Oberhelman at Harry Caray’s restaurant; and a $5,000 to $75,800 ticket for National Hospitality Industry Leaders Luncheon at Maggiano’s.

◆The cash: A stash for Romney’s campaign chest and a Romney PAC.

Faceoff …

Detroit rapper Eminem’s Facebook page just reached the 60 million “likes”— the most of any living person.

Downton Blabby ...

Now comes word the hit Masterpiece Theatre series “Downton Abbey” is likely to return for a fourth go-round; and actress Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess has a job “for as long as she wants to be and I can tell you that even if she doesn’t want to be, she won’t die, she’ll go to the seaside just in case,” according to the series creator Julian Fellowes.

P.S.: Veteran actress Shirley MacLaine, who will star as Lady Grantham’s American mother Martha Levinson, will only perform in two parts of the upcoming third series and will tangle with her old thespian pal, Maggie Smith.

Kate ain’t great ...

...but neither is Jon: Now comes word Jon Gosselin, the former daddy star of the once popular series “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” has lost his job as the director of sales and promotions for Gameface International and may not be able to pay child support for his eight children.

Sneedlings ...

Congrats to Pat Thomas and wife, Caryn, on the birth of son Ronan Patrick...Friday’s birthdays: Tony Bennett, 86; Martin Sheen, 72; John Landis, 62, and Tom Brady, 35...Saturday’s birthdays: President Barack Obama, 51, and Tom Myron, ageless, priceless.

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