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    Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery deepens

    Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery deepens

    Anne has written about this before, Why is Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. still MIA?

    Now even Democratic pols are wondering out loud what is going on.  Via The Hill:

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mysterious disappearance from public life led to new calls by Illinois Democrats on Tuesday for him to give voters more information about his condition.

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Tuesday became the second high-profile Chicago Democrat to demand that Jackson be more candid. Gutierrez, who has been a rival of Jackson’s, said the congressman “has a responsibility to give us more information.”

    “I’m not demanding that information,” Gutierrez told the Chicago Tribune. “But I think the people of his congressional district deserve it. The people of Illinois deserve it. If he’s going to stand for reelection, you guys are going to demand it.”

    Jackson, a nine-term Illinois Democrat, last appeared on Capitol Hill in early June, His office has issued two statements since then indicating he’s on medical leave — the first citing “exhaustion” and the second suggesting his condition is much more severe.

    The strange episode has fueled speculation about Jackson’s condition and whereabouts. An almost total absence of information — his congressional office will not answer any questions — has created abundant space for rumor and the most extreme conjecture.


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    I do not agree with Jesse Jackson Jr on policy or politics, but I wish him well personally.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to EBL. | July 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

      I wonder if he’d feel the same way about you, like when you’re waiting 8 months for bypass surgery as a result, in part, of his vote in favor of obastardcare.

      Ragspierre in reply to EBL. | July 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

      See, you are letting your Christian values muddle your hate, and there are people here who resent that, as you can see.

      “Fascinating”, as Spock would say.

    At least he is not in congress voting to further screw up the Country.

    BannedbytheGuardian | July 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Wow -you ought read the comments at the Suntimes. You guys are way too polite.

    When the opposition is down kick’em to the gutter.

    Subotai Bahadur | July 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    There are a number of plausible scenarios. Of the ones I have heard [given the sudden onset and deliberate lack of interest by the MSM] I would guess in order of likelihood:

    1. The irate father/family syndrome. Whatever triggered it has to be of a nature that it would be a career ender if found out. It is scary to think of what public character flaw would embarrass a Chicago politician. If the guy got through and wounded JJJ requiring hospitalization and convalesence; it would match current behavior. I assume that the father/family have been dealt with by the Chicago machine, requiring further discretion.

    2) Suicide attempt or perhaps a drug overdose that left irreversible sequalae. You can gloss over brain damage in a Democrat politician; but not combined with coma, loss of motor function, or incontinence.

    Said suicide attempt may be secondary to an investigation, but I doubt it. The regime is more than capable of suppressing a government investigation.

    3. I don’t think it is a case of JJJ unsuccessfully trying to blackmail the regime; because first JJJ has witnessed the Chicago machine at work all his life and probably understands the “correlation of forces”, second, I am sure that the regime has more than a little of JJJ’s background that they can leak out or indict him on, which he knows.

    I am not of the Judeo-Christian faith tradition. There are rumors extent that I am not a nice person. I’m buying popcorn and watching with more than passing amusement.

    Subotai Bahadur

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