Skip to comments.Despite illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson on track for reelection
Posted on 09/30/2012 4:14:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
CHICAGO Battling mental illness and personal financial troubles, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is a heavy favorite for reelection Nov. 6 despite a surreal campaign from which he has been absent for almost four months.
Jackson, 47, who disclosed this summer that he has bipolar depression and has undergone weeks of hospitalization, is convalescing in Washington and meeting occasionally with aides. He has been absent from the House of Representatives since June 8.
Whether he will campaign at all is in question. His reelection bid is being led by his wife, Sandi Jackson, who turned down interview requests.
Chicagoan Kevin Lampe, who is serving as a spokesman for the Jackson campaign, said Thursday that the lawmaker remained under medical care. "As soon as the doctors say he can get back to work, he'll get back to work, which includes campaigning," said Lampe, noting that voter registration efforts were underway and a get-out-the-vote push was planned.
DePaul University political scientist Wayne Steger said Jackson, whatever his woes, looked like a sure bet to carry the election, which is five weeks away. Steger points to the nominal opposition, the GOP's weak organization in Cook County and anticipation of a robust turnout by Democrats who aim to keep President Obama in the White House.
The new 2nd Congressional District, which stretches from Chicago's South Side and south suburbs into Will and Kankakee counties, is deep blue. More than 80% of the voters there cast ballots for Obama in 2008.....
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“Battling mental illness and personal financial troubles, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)...”
These are all rat desirable qualities and show up as Significant Accomplishment bullets on their resume.
Yes it is.
You could paint a turd black and throw it on the sidewalk and they would vote for it.
Racism? It isn’t possible is it. After all, the civil rights movement and the Great Society that Johnson built has ended all racism...........hasn’t it?
Personally, I’m hoping for a 2/3 majority in the house. Then, some little-used provisions of the Constitution could be used. Like refusing to seat Congressmen like this.
I wonder what he really did.
wrong to call his constituents useless idiots? Hopelessly lost. Beyond reach.
The Republican Party is complicit in this. Nominate some token opposition, then no backing for a serious campaign. Where I live, the party does the same thing. There is more than enough discontent to wrest control from the liberal socialists, but the Republicans just lie down.
Yep, you’re spot on.
1. Southside Chicago is like the Arizona border. More people are killed each day there than in Afghanistan.
2. This guy’s wife is campaigning for him while he uses the mental illness thing to keep the special prosecutor at bay because he cannot be served while under care. His wife can’t stand the pay cut.
3. Isn’t he the only Congressman who is having financial difficulties? Where has all the payola been going, not to mention his salary which we pay?
4. I suppose his district is far better off to have nobody representing them in Congress just as many of us with Congress was only in session 1 day a year.
5. Why vote in a Republican who will say he is about personal responsibility? They are better off keeping the status quo along with their friggin free cell phones.
People in Chicago have total faith in all things Jesse Jackson, even if there were a third one, and probably especially so.
OMG!! He isn’t able to campaign, so his WIFE does it FOR him, and IDIOTS, the MORON CLASS will VOTE him in again. OMG!
These people are tribal. It’s incurable.
Illness will turn to incarceration once NBPP Ricky and his mooseslime boyfriend Racky vacate the premisses!
A tree stump with a “D” painted on it would win that district.
If he died they would vote for him. If they voted in a nj mayor who was caught on tape smoking crack with prostitutes in a hotel room......................color trumps all else. If he were white took off his shirt on facebook he’d be in jail
Where is the Republicans? Who is running against him? Never heard a thing about his challenger. A big fail with the GOPe again.
That would be an improvement to the current situation. Turds do not, as a rule, trample the constitution nor spend printed/borrowed money.
The Republican Party in Illinois is a joke (Abe Lincoln is spinning in his tomb in Springfield); they almost never field a candidate in the city of Chicago or Cook County because of the Democrat stranglehold; i.e., retarded robot voters, corruption and stolen and manufactured votes. The Repubs don’t spend a dime here because they know it’s a waste of time and money. They haven’t run a single Romney ad there either. Incredibly sad.
Yep. Actually, the Democrats launched and perfected their strategy of buying votes right there in the Windy City. They called it ‘patronage’, but it's essentially the same thing as what the Democrats currently do to buy votes. They just expanded it to the federal level.
An interesting quote from a former Chicago Democrat ‘boss’ - Jacob (Jake) Arvey - “ Jacob “Jake” Arvey: “There are many definitions of politics: the art of compromise, the art of the possible. But to me, politics is the art of putting people under obligation to you.”
Robo-Criminal is up for re-election! Figures!
After the Obama debacle, he is the great black hope.
Unlimited sick days? Short term disability? Long term disability?
Or does he just sit at home and collect a paycheck while not doing anything? Eh, he’s a Democrat. It would be hard to tell either way.
“the Great Society that Johnson built”
the Great DESTRUCTION OF Society that Johnson built
He exceed Obama in the quality of his Aholiness. I still think that he or his wife was involved in the Kennedy assassination. It may make me a nut but I’m not as cracked as some. The man was pure evil.
Why do you always notice these things after you push post. Preview just doesn’t help when my BP is up.
Other residents of Chicago threw out Dan Rostenkowski & voted in a GOPer for 1 term, but these leeches would never do that.
Has anyone sext, I mean text him lately to see how he is doing?
JJ Junior is hack for life. He will never be voted out. These dim bulb, race baiting scum always get returned to office by their benighted constituents
Chicago has their Jesse Jackson Jr.
Houston has their Shelia Jackson-Lee.
His father was heard to say, “ We juhsuhduh gi uho powa eeza.”
[We Jacksons don’t give up our power easily.]
Don’t think for a moment that if Rep. Gabby Giffords decided to run again she would have had the full backing of the DNC. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) was incapacitated for months after a debilitating stroke and ran again 9 months latter without making any debates or public appearances with his opponent and only appearing in carefully scripted appearances to hide his disability.
IMO, the people in his district would vote for Hitler if he was on the ballot!
This has to be a joke.
L.A. has their Maxine Waters.
His reelection bid is being led by his wife who doesn’t want to talk about it? Ok. I’m a racist but I don’t want this mentally ill, corrupt jerk voting on laws that I have to obey. I want him out on the street digging through trash cans where he belongs.....along with mentally ill, corrupt Harry Reid. God, please help us!
Jesse Jackson Junior could be dead, but the zombie voters of the Chicago Democrat machine would reelect him by significant numbers. Dead or alive, Chicago pols with a “D” after their names are golden boys (or girls).
The best way to get him out of office would be to start a rumor in his district that he was foolin’ around with a married woman, whose man went and got some Voodoo put on Jesse. “Jesse be a curse. Stay away from him or it might be gettin’ you too!”
Do not underestimate the power of primitive superstition. I have seen otherwise sensible people lose their marbles over the appearance of an unexplained chicken’s foot.
Objective look at the Situation from the outside:
Junior Jackass is a Congresscritter gone nutters. Ms. Junior Jackass is a Chicago Alderman. They have homes in both Chicago and D.C. Now, depending on where they reside we can conclude . . .
a) Junior Jackass ain’t much of a Congresscritter
b) Ms. Junior Jackass ain’t much of an Alderman
c) The Junior Jackasses ain’t got much of a marrage
d) all of the above
Fla District 20 (talk about gerrymandered) has Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.