Jesse Jackson Jr. is a shoo-in for re-election according to fresh polling, even though he hasn’t worked a day since he mysteriously disappeared in June, and his Washington home was put up for sale.
So the question isn’t whether his constituents will vote for him. That’s a given.
The two important questions relative to his re-election are whether Jackson is mentally fit to serve in Congress, and whether he intends to serve.
This month the Congressman’s Washington home was listed for sale, prompting rumors that Jackson may not intend to return to Congress, according to The Hill.
The Jackson’s red-brick Victorian house in the upscale Dupont Circle neighborhood went on sale for $2.5 million on Sept. 8. After some time, news media figured out the home was that of the interned Congressman who suffers from bi-polar II, a serious mental disorder.
However, Mr. Jackson’s office, speaking for him, said the sale has nothing to do with his future in Congress. “Like millions of Americans, Congressman Jackson and Mrs. Jackson are grappling with soaring health care costs and are selling their residence to help defray costs of their obligations,” a released statement said.
Jackson’s political problems are not just a state of mind. He is at the subject of a Congressional Ethic Committee investigation related to former governor now inmate Rod Blagojevich’s attempts to sell President Obama’s old Senate seat.
Adding to Jackson’s personal issues, a restaurant waitress going by the name of Giovana Huidobro, has come out with fresh allegations that she has been in a relationship with him.
Nevertheless Jackson’s voting district is sticking by their man. Polls show Jackson is trouncing his opponents, even though he hasn’t worked a day in three months and isn't publicaly campaigning for office.