When Jackson first went missing in early June no one at his office knew of his whereabouts; however, two weeks later, someone from his office released a statement stating that Jackson was in an “inpatient treatment” for an unspecified condition.
The statement read:
“Recently, we have been made aware that [Jackson] has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time. At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility.”
“According to the preliminary diagnosis from his doctors, Congressman Jackson will need to receive extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter.”
However, recently there has been a new report stating that Jackson had tried to commit suicide over allegations that he was involved in discussions about raising money for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign in exchange for Blagojevich appointing him to President Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
A source close to the Democrat called in to Chicago talk radio show Roe & Roeper to squash the suicide rumor saying Jackson is suffering from “exhaustion.”
The source, who did not identified himself, said Jackson “doesn’t get a lot of sleep and he has sleep disorders. He’s very energetic, running full-steam ahead, working six or seven days a week and he’s been doing that for a long time.”
“There’s a great deal of pressure on him due to unfounded allegations and the negative press onslaught against him that are not true, so it kinda all caught up to him.”
“He needed downtown to get away from the grind.”
Senior Democrats, including Senator Dick Durbin are now calling for Jackson to be more forthcoming by disclosing his location or detailing a specific condition.
“As a public official, there comes a point when you have a responsibility to tell the public what’s going on,” Durbin told ABC News. “If there is some medical necessity for him not to say more at this moment than I will defer to that. But he will have to soon make a report on what he’s struggling with.”
Meanwhile, Jackson’s father, The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been tight lipped about his missing son.