The Curious Case of the Missing Congressman
August 7, 2012 11:30 AM Subscribe
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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., son of revered civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Sr., has been missing from the public eye since June 10th, failing to cast votes and making no public appearances. After weeks of vague statements
raising more questions than answers about his mystery illness, Jackson's office has stated that he is seeking treatment for "debilitating" depression
at the Mayo Clinic. Jackson's office denies alcoholism or drug addiction.
Treatment for depression is rarely good for political careers, perhaps the most high-profile disaster was in 1972 when Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton
was dumped from the ill-fated ticket after his treatment history surfaced.
Jackson's handling of his health contrasts with fellow Illinois politician Sen. Mark Kirk's open handling of his stroke this year
. With only weeks to go until the November election, if Jackson were to resign as Democratic nominee in this safe blue seat, his successor would be hand-picked
by the Cook County Democratic Party chair instead of at a primary. Chicago politicos have begun comparing this episode to 2006, when Cook County Board President John Stoger suffered a stroke
one week before the primary, only to hide the condition until he could be replaced by his son.