Jesse Jackson Jr. Reaches Out to Constituents by Phone and Seeks Patience

The beleaguered congressman sends an automated phone message to his district in which he says, "I am human." The Rev. Jackson says his son will head for the hospital soon.

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s constituents heard from him this weekend for the first time since June — via a robocall in which he asks for their patience, thanks them and says he's "starting to heal."

The automated calls were received in the 2nd Congressional District Saturday, according to the Huffington Post. In the minute-and-a-half call, Jackson says:

"Like many human beings, a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they have been difficult to sort through. I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them all. ...

"I am anxious to return to work on your behalf, but at this time it is against medical advice, and while I will always give my all to my constituents, I ask for your continued patience as I work to get my health back."

His father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, told the Chicago Tribune that his son would be returning to the Mayo Clinic soon.

"As a father, I want his health to be his No. 1 priority,” the elder Jackson said, declining to address questions about whether Jackson would remain on the November ballot. The reverend told the Tribune his son was seeing two doctors a day in Washington. He went into the Mayo Clinic in July for treatment of bipolar II disorder and gastrointestinal issues and left in early September.

On Friday, .

Jackson's advocacy for a third airport in eastern Will County has never endeared him to political figures in Will County, Republican and Democrat alike.

One Will County Democrat told Patch he agreed with the Republican call for Jackson to step aside. Tim Gaffney, vice chairman of Frankfort Township Democrats and 20th precinct committeeman, said he had no problem with Republican Cory Singer's suggestion that Democrats call for Jackson's withdrawal from the election.

"I would agree with that, just based on Jackson's history," Gaffney said, pointing out Halvorson had challenged Jackson's loyalty to his constituents and called for his resignation during the primary. "I really feel that Debbie Halvorson's timing was just a tad bit off."

Jackson, a congressman for 17 years, hasn't campaigned at all this fall since winning his spring primary against former congresswoman Halvorson. 

Reports The Hill:

His year went from bad to worse this week when the Chicago Sun-Times exposed a months-long federal investigation into whether the nine-term Democrat used campaign funds to adorn his home. 

Jackson is also the subject of a years-long House probe into allegations that a friend made campaign contributions to Rod Blagojevich (D), hoping the former Illinois governor would appoint the Chicago congressman to fill the Senate seat left open after Barack Obama was elected president.

Most recently, Jackson was the subject of a report by the website Gawker that he has been frequenting bars in Washington, D.C., even while claiming he’s too ill to return to work. 

Yet even with all this drama, it's unlikely Jackson will lose the election.

His Republican opponent Brian Woodworth has been trying to use the latest developments to win some attention. But with the composition of his district, Jackson could even be sitting in a jail cell and still win re-election.



Anthony Williams October 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Mr. Lewis says it's a chore to write in Anthony W. Williams, "I am better because I am on the ballot", as if that's a good enough reason to vote for him. Kennedy won the primary via write in, Lisa Murkowski, the Senate seat in 2010. Neither he or Mr. Woodworth can touch Anthony's record of service to our community. They should campaign for him. Please visit www.voteanthonywwilliams.com He's always reachable, continues to assist the general public regardless of campaign time, knowledgeable of the issues, experienced, consistent in all things & knows how to use his citizenship to get into an election. Anthony is who powers are trying to keep out as they know he WILL work to improve our district by involving the people. So what if this is his 6th run. There is no shame here. The loss belongs to our district. Anthony is a true servant of the people, and I have learned to live with it. Compare his works and who he represents. Intelligence comes with research & fact finding. Then the choice IS clear. No race must be about party affiliation, etc. but person with the best interest of our district and citizens. see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWDjlU6tO3s&list=UUFTxgauzpZfc4jgAUNKhL-Q&index=1&feature=plpp_video Everyone send e-mail, I will provide a list of every community in the district. Somebody knows somebody who knows somebody in our district who votes. Pass the word and our voices will truly be heard. Proud to be Mrs. Vivienne Williams. Thank you
Denise Saxon October 25, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I had occasion to hear this gentleman at a forum, your candidtates name is new to me sorry I considered all candidates known to me and he most closely suited my needs as a constituent of the district and the nation . thank you
Marcus Lewis October 26, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Denise , I want to take this moment to personally thank you not only for your vote but the extra effort that you wrote a statement explaining why you voted for me. I take this moment in this crucial election with laser focus that we must lay aside all foolishness now and come to ourselves that JJJ & the machine must be defeated We should easily pickup this seat. Let us come together on this one thing and recognize that to have this seat in the people hands is where our future can begin and we can control our own destiny from a position of strength.
Marcus Lewis October 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Now all here on Patch and elsewhere in the district VOTE FOR MARCUS LEWIS FOR CONGRESS NOW to win this seat for the people.
Marcus Lewis November 05, 2012 at 10:08 PM
This is how JJJ acts as a sick congressman. http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Report-Jesse-Jackson-Jr-Seen-In-DC-Bars-With-Two-Different-Women-174214241.html


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