Jesse Jackson Jr. has returned home after being treated for depression at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic. It was announced that the congressman was admitted to the facility in August for treatment of bipolar II disorder, and his aide Rick Bryant told the Associated Press that he hopes Jackson is back to work as early as Monday.
In their few public comments about Jackson’s illness, family members pointed to the stress of his job and political disappointments over the years. Jackson first won office in 1995, and had his sights set on being a U.S. senator or Chicago’s mayor. Those hopes dimmed in the wake of allegations about his connections to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a prison sentence for corruption.
The timing of the medical leave has invited more scrutiny on that front.
A pending House Ethics Committee investigation focuses on allegations that Jackson discussed raising money for Blagojevich’s campaign so the then-Illinois governor would appoint him to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
Jackson’s office announced his medical leave days after a former fundraiser connected to the allegations was arrested on unrelated federal medical fraud charges.