Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Leave of Absence Continues; Mother Says He’s Suffered ‘Years of Disappointment’

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been hospitalized for… something (purportedly mood disorder and exhaustion — others say alcoholism)… for over a couple of weeks now. His mother gave a statement yesterday:

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mother, Jacqueline Jackson, told a Rainbow/PUSH conference Friday that her son has suffered years of “enormous disappointment.”

“I’m not ashamed to say … he thought he was going to be a senator. He thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor. And young people don’t bounce back from disappointment like me and my husband,” she said.

“He coulda been a contenda!”

If you read that portion in bold a certain way it sounds as if she’s insulting herself, her husband and their parenting skills, but I think she’s trying to say that she and her husband are resilient (Jesse Sr.’s biggest disappointments are when the people he’s shaking down have empty pockets).

Don’t worry though, Jesse Jr.’s dad made him an appointment with his personal race card-iologist, so hopefully Jr. will be up and around again soon.

And I’m sure this is just a coincidence:

Around the same time he was taking a medical leave from his job as a congressman — a leave not announced until two weeks later — his friend and fund-raiser Raghuveer Nayak was arrested as part of an unrelated alleged fraud scheme.

Nayak allegedly offered former Gov. Rod Blagojevich campaign money in exchange for Blagojevich appointing Jackson to Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, according to testimony at Blagojevich’s trial. Jackson has never been charged and maintained he never authorized any campaign contribution offer in exchange for the Senate seat appointment he publicly campaigned for.

In other news that’s worth a mention but doesn’t warrant a separate post…

Another Kennedy has been arrested for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

If only the Kennedy family got a nickel for every time “Kennedy” and “driving under the influence” appeared in the same story. As a matter of fact, I think they do, which is why they’re so rich.

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