Sources close to supporters of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. say the “medical leave of absence for treatment of exhaustion” announced Monday is a cover story for a history of substance abuse by the son of civil right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson.
“The Congressman has substance abuse issues,” a former aide told Capitol Hill Blue Monday. “The exhaustion story is a cover.”
Jackson’s office has been in cover-up mode since the Congressman’s “medical leave” began on June 10, issuing press releases with manufactured quotes by the incapacitated representatives, posting phony tweets to his Twitter Account and withholding announcement of the leave until Monday, more than two weeks later.
Jackson has been absent from the floor of Congress since June 8 and has missed votes.
“He asks that you respect his family’s privacy,” a statement from Jackson’s office said, adding that offices “remain open” for constituent service.
Jackson is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for his role in the scheme by convicted felon and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.
Sources say Jackson is in rehab at an undisclosed location. The Congressman’s office did not respond to requests for comments on this story.