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L.A. Times 2012/11/21 19:59:09
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Rep. Jesse Jackson resigned from Congress Wednesday, months after going on medical leave for treatment of bipolar depression.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says the office received a letter of resignation from Jackson but would not release any details. Earlier, Jackson's brother Jonathan Jackson told the Chicago Tribune that he was going to resign "momentarily." The congressman could not be reached.

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  • Lanikai 2012/11/21 20:16:51
    Legal issues
    Lanikai
    +16
    Both, but legal issues first. His addictions, and mental health problems are secondary to the illegal and immoral crimes he is being investigated for.

    But how STUPID are Illinois DEMS to re-elect him when he has not been in congress since MAY, and hasn't conducted the business of his elected office since May. I think he was holding out to make the number of days to qualify for his federal retirement.

    Dirty bastard, but in Illinois courts, that is a pat on the back, unless one is Blago and knows stuff.

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  • Elle 2012/12/15 22:03:57
    Health issues
    Elle
    It could be a combination of both.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/11/28 20:16:55
    Legal issues
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    The guy is a crook just like most of the politicians from Chicago. Has not been in Congress since May and the people are so uninformed they vote him back in office.
  • chas 2012/11/28 19:49:59
    Legal issues
    chas
  • Zach 2012/11/28 18:44:13
    Health issues
    Zach
    That much blacker guy behind him?
  • Cassie Lynn 2012/11/28 18:05:14
    Health issues
    Cassie Lynn
    Quack.
  • rebeccasrevenge 2012/11/28 17:18:29
  • beernbugs 2012/11/28 16:48:16
    Legal issues
    beernbugs
    Really, I think it's both.
  • S Perkins 2012/11/28 16:44:13
  • wgossett99 2012/11/28 15:46:29
    Health issues
    wgossett99
    It appears that Jackson's legal troubles are not that awful compared to what many other Reps and Senators have done. However bipolar disorder can get pretty severe and has incapacitated many people.

    I think his mental health issues are paramount in this case.
  • Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA 2012/11/28 04:55:27
    Legal issues
    Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA
    As is said down here; 'Because he's as crooked as a dog's hind leg'.
  • Dan™: Real Change, Not Fals... 2012/11/28 01:59:18
    Legal issues
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    He resigned because he's a crook. All these health issues are BS. The guy's a crooked bastard and he's basically trying to call in sick to avoid facing the consequences.
  • Studied 2012/11/28 01:42:57
    Legal issues
    Studied
    +1
    He was forced out as part of a legal deal.
  • nightowl 2012/11/28 00:31:50
    Health issues
    nightowl
    Where's the both option? Damn IL politicians and the idiots who elect and re-elect them.
  • TombstoneJim 2012/11/27 19:45:32
    Legal issues
    TombstoneJim
    REsignation builds a case for mental illness defense of whatever will be revealed later. Jesse Sr. would be proud.
  • rebecca... Tombsto... 2012/11/28 17:21:49
    rebeccasrevenge
    Wouldn't it be divine karma if the sins of the son were visited on the father?
  • Tombsto... rebecca... 2012/11/28 19:36:46
    TombstoneJim
    Well, as the saying goes...they are proably thick as thieves in all things....
  • Min 2012/11/27 19:45:10
    Legal issues
    Min
    +1
    I feel sorry for him. I think he is basically a good man unlike his father who shakes people down for a living.
  • Dan™: R... Min 2012/11/28 02:01:23
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    They're both scummy crooks. Like father, like son. The rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
  • exhon2009 2012/11/27 16:13:27
    Legal issues
    exhon2009
    If he learned anything at all from daddy he's as dirty as they come. Problem is it's easier to conceal extortion or other crimes as a private citizen than it is a member of congress.
  • jacktown kid 2012/11/27 16:07:20
    Legal issues
    jacktown kid
    It is probably both of them
  • Elizabeth Raggett 2012/11/27 13:52:06
    Legal issues
    Elizabeth Raggett
    +1
    He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, so to speak. Legal issues all the way!
  • Ramón 2012/11/27 02:43:22
    Legal issues
    Ramón
    Hmm. Legal I should say... after all he is a crimina.... um, er, that is a Democrat.
  • Al B Thayer 2012/11/27 02:18:13
    Legal issues
    Al B Thayer
    Prolly Barry made the call.
  • Hawkeye 2012/11/26 22:49:29
    Legal issues
    Hawkeye
    +1
    ROFLMAO.. haven't you people figured it out yet???

    FIRST comes the LEGAL issues with a Democrat then after they get caught comes the mental disease..

    With Republicans ,, THEY get the Legal Problems FIRST then when THEY get caught all of a sudden they get "Jesus"...
  • Ramón Hawkeye 2012/11/27 02:44:36
    Ramón
    Yeah. True. DNC turns to insanity, RNC turns to mock faith in the L*rd. Both should be whipped at the lectern.
  • Hawkeye Ramón 2012/11/27 09:16:54
    Hawkeye
    Such people can't or won't take responsibility for their own actions.. NEITHER are trustworthy enough to take responsibility for Representing the people who elected them..
  • Ramón Hawkeye 2012/12/06 00:23:04
    Ramón
    When so many of our politicians are ping ponging between government and industry and using their influence to enrich themselves and their corporate buddies, and we elect and re-elect them over and over... the problem may be in the electorate. We need intelligent voters who are able to reason and who can say NO to their representatives when they abuse their positions. Until then it is our responsibility.
    And I do agree with you on your point as well!
  • Hawkeye Ramón 2012/12/06 09:52:20
    Hawkeye
    But LOOK what happens when the Citizens get together for that very purpose.. There can BE no better example of what happens when the people get together to do this then the Tea Party..

    They are IMMEDIATELY attacked,, LIED about,, falsly accused and called vicious names not ONLY by the politicians who are actuallly GUILTY of the things you mention but by the so called purveyors of TRUTH that we call the Mainstram Mass Media...

    OWS tears up a city,, we get reports of RAPE,,ASSAULT and CHILD ABUSE and it's Free Speech.. The TEA Party conducts a well organized eally,, breaks NO laws,, NOBODY gets arrested and leaves the place cleaner then when they got there and THEY are RADICAL Extremist's Right Wing Nutjobs..

    Even Boehner,, arguably the most powerful Republican in Government today,, cowered before this BLITZ against the Tea Party and removed ALL of them from ANY positions of Influence.. He has effectively removed them and their arguments from the discussion..

    It is ALWAYS the resposibility of the PEOPLE for what they put UP with from their Government.. For WHATEVER the reason,, Americans showed with this last election that they are willing to put UP with the kinds of politicians that YOU describe.. They're EVEN willing to put UP with the monumental incompetence ( ben-Ghazi ) and e...
    But LOOK what happens when the Citizens get together for that very purpose.. There can BE no better example of what happens when the people get together to do this then the Tea Party..

    They are IMMEDIATELY attacked,, LIED about,, falsly accused and called vicious names not ONLY by the politicians who are actuallly GUILTY of the things you mention but by the so called purveyors of TRUTH that we call the Mainstram Mass Media...

    OWS tears up a city,, we get reports of RAPE,,ASSAULT and CHILD ABUSE and it's Free Speech.. The TEA Party conducts a well organized eally,, breaks NO laws,, NOBODY gets arrested and leaves the place cleaner then when they got there and THEY are RADICAL Extremist's Right Wing Nutjobs..

    Even Boehner,, arguably the most powerful Republican in Government today,, cowered before this BLITZ against the Tea Party and removed ALL of them from ANY positions of Influence.. He has effectively removed them and their arguments from the discussion..

    It is ALWAYS the resposibility of the PEOPLE for what they put UP with from their Government.. For WHATEVER the reason,, Americans showed with this last election that they are willing to put UP with the kinds of politicians that YOU describe.. They're EVEN willing to put UP with the monumental incompetence ( ben-Ghazi ) and even the Criminal Behavior ( Fast and Furious ) of THIS administration and the LIES that they surround themselves with and they have NO compunction against having their children and grandchildren pay the inevitable heavy price for it..
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  • Ramón Hawkeye 2012/12/09 04:22:57
    Ramón
    Once more I find myself completely in agreement with your eloquence.
  • Daniel 2012/11/26 22:19:17
    Legal issues
    Daniel
    I actually believe it is neither legal nor health issues but that he is being forced out before he makes a blunder that even Nanny State Sharpton can't explain away.
  • sellin 2012/11/26 21:50:52
    Legal issues
    sellin
    +1
    He's a criminal like his father..
  • lee 2012/11/26 20:48:33
    Health issues
    lee
    but that's not to say he's making himself sick over his legal issues....

    could easily be BOTH
  • gudrun.hale 2012/11/26 20:12:30
    Health issues
    gudrun.hale
    His father admitted that he was hospitalized for health reasons related to exhaustion and indicated possible bipolar or mental health issues. I feel sorry for him
  • rebar4444 2012/11/26 17:30:39
    Legal issues
    rebar4444
    The guy is in legal trouble that is causing stress and anxiety. The stress has taken its toll. Career destroyed forever
  • Tom Trojan 2012/11/26 16:30:12
    Legal issues
    Tom Trojan
    +1
    He isn't able to get away with the same crap that his father has been able to.......
  • Bronar 2012/11/26 15:47:21
    Legal issues
    Bronar
    Illinois politicians... What is it with the voters out there?
  • Mark5610 2012/11/26 15:38:48
    Legal issues
    Mark5610
  • Deb 2012/11/26 14:58:00
  • Legal issues
    One of Y'shua's,דָּנִיֵּאל
    really phockin' do not care..he made millions on hate and glad to see he is OUT OF THE PICTURE for now...GOOD RIDDANCE to CRIMINAL HATE-FILLED RUBBISH...
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/11/26 13:36:27
    Health issues
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    He's INSANE, just like his daddy.
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