Woodworth Wants Voters to Judge Jackson's 'Cognitive Thinking'
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s opponent also says he considers political analyst Dick Simpson's election prediction good news.
When is it good news to hear that your election opponent will beat you by a wide margin? When you're Brian Woodworth.
The Republican candidate in the 2nd District Congressional election is calling political analyst Dick Simpson's prediction of a Jackson victory relatively good news.
"At first they were saying Jackson would beat me with 75 percent of the vote," Woodworth said. "Now they’re saying Jackson will win with 50 to 60 percent of the vote. I’m going to count that as a victory."
Woodworth also met the recent news that Jackson suffers from bipolar disorder with a demand.
"I think he needs to engage in a public debate," Woodworth said. "I think it’s necessary, I think the voters need to have an opportunity to judge his cognitive thinking."
Despite the fact that the disorder is considered treatable, Jackson's opponent noted the mental health issues associated with certain mood disorders are enough to bring the Congressman's judgement into question.
"When you’re talking about depression or bipolar, they can affect a person physically, emotionally and mentally," Woodworth said, adding that bipolar, in particular, can cause a person to struggle through the highs and lows associated with the disorder.
Asked if he has taken advantage of Jackson's two-month absence, Woodworth said he has not looked at it that way. "My campaign strategy was never built around Jackson and his absence."
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