Jesse Jackson Jr.
Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office has denied reports first claimed by NBC News that the congressman is being treated for alcoholism in an Arizona rehab. Jackson’s office stated that he is being treated for a mood disorder at an undisclosed facility.
The type of mood disorder Jackson is being treated for has not been revealed. The congressman’s office did not disclose the location, time of treatment or when he plans to resume duties in the United States Congress.
Jackson’s publicity team cited his condition as being confidential and covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). An anonymous physician connected to Jackson stated, “(He) is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.”
When interviewed by FOX News commentator Sean Hannity, Jesse Jackson’s sister said, “I think the first thing that our family wants to do is protect his privacy, of course. You know, doctors have HIPPA standards that they have to obey. And I think that what we have to do is dial everything back and just give him the grace of space so that he can get well.”
Jesse Jackson Jr. took a medical leave of absence from congress last month with no explanation concerning his condition other than “exhaustion.” However, his office now claims that emotional issues are at play as well. Senior Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland have publicly urged Jackson to reveal more information about his health to his constituents.
Currently, the House Ethics committee is investigating Jackson over allegations that he discussed a deal with former Illinois Governor Blagojevich to raise money for the former governor in exchange for the vacant senate seat left by President Barack Obama.