Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released last week from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where for six weeks he was treated for bipolar disorder.
“He is convalescing with his wife and children at home in Washington,” said Rick Bryant, his chief of staff.
There is widespread sympathy for Jackson, 47, who is suffering from a condition sometimes referred to as manic depression that affects parts of the brain that control emotion, thought and drive.
Regardless, there are those who believe he should resign, such as the Rev. Anthony Williams, who is running for the congressional seat that has been held by Jackson since 1995.
“We have an absentee congressman right now, and the people in the 2nd Congressional District are not receiving any kind of service,” Williams charged in an interview.
Williams said he recognized that Jackson was recovering from an illness, but “life has to go on with or without him in his district,” he added. “The fact of the issue is not his health. The history of his record is unhealthy.”
According to Williams, 57, there are many people in Jackson’s district who do not believe he is sick but merely hiding from a House ethics investigation of allegations that one of his supporters offered campaign contributions to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich if he would appoint Jackson to President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.
There were reports that Jackson would be returning to work on Monday, but that has not occurred as we go to press.