Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Sends Out Robo-Call As He Heads Back To Clinic

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who has been mostly out of public view and on medical leave from Congress since June, sent out a robo-call on Saturday with a message for his constituents: “I am human.”

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reported that the call came as Jackson was on his way back to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for continued treatment for bipolar disorder and that he is unlikely to return to work or his campaign before Election Day. Jackson is also reportedly under federal criminal investigation for alleged misuse of campaign funds, but the probe was not addressed in the call. Instead, he appealed for patience as he works out his medical problems:

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 want to thank you for the many thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for me and my family, especially my colleagues and the people who mean most to me, my constituents.

Read the whole text of the robo-call at the Sun-Times website.

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