Election Day is four weeks away, and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. remains out of sight. More than three months have passed since the 47-year-old Democrat, first elected in 1995, dropped out of public view. It was later revealed that he was hospitalized for severe depression and gastrointestinal problems. There have been few updates on his condition and no hard answers to questions about his future.
His name remains on the ballot even though he’s yet to make a campaign appearance since last spring’s primary. His wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, says he’ll come back to work only when a doctor approves. He vowed to return to the campaign by Labor Day, and then didn’t.
It’s an absence, both from his job in Congress and his campaign, that’s starting to test patience in his Chicago hometown.
— AP reports