With his re-election wrapped up according to polls, despite his not giving a speech or making a public appearance since mid-June, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. headed back to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Monday.
Jackson disappeared mysteriously in June and wound up at Mayo months after his spokesmen gave various accounts as to his whereabouts and the nature of his condition.
The congressman remains in a “fragile state” according to Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush of the Black Caucus who visited with him over the weekend, according to the Washington Post.
While Rush said Jackson looked well, he was going back to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., “for what could be another extended stay,” according to the report.
After disappearing in June, Jackson’s office put a lid on information until September when it was confirmed the congressman was being treated at Mayo for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues. Jackson subsequently returned to his Washington home.
Jackson has not campaigned nor appeared publicly except to release one robocall last weekend. In the automated call, Jackson claimed he was “anxious to return to work” but that it was against his doctors’ advice and asked for patience. Jackson’s campaign didn’t return requests for comment from the paper Monday.
Jackson is the subject of two ongoing federal investigations and his Washington home was put on the market for sale last month.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that there is a federal investigation related to Jackson’s campaign finances. The investigation centers on his alleged misuse of campaign funds to renovate his upscale Washington home.
Jackson is also under a House Ethics Committee investigation for ties to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Jackson faces allegations that he was involved in discussions about raising money for Blagojevich’s campaign in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
Jackson has been plagued by allegations of infidelity and has been spotted consuming drinks with women and men at Washington area restaurant lounges since his release from Mayo.
Jackson disappearance in June coincided with the arrest of a witness in the Blagojevich ethics investigation.