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Congressman Jackson Fires Staff Member During Leave of Absence

An email from Jackson's chief of staff revealed the Congressman spent a brief amount of time working in October.

Jesse Jackson Jr. took a break from his leave of absence to do some work in October, an email from his chief of staff reveals.

Chief of Staff Rick Bryant said Jackson returned to work for a time near the end of last month, Eurweb reports. Bryant sent an e-mail to staff member Oct. 24, stating, “As you may know, Congressman Jackson has been out of the public eye and away from Washington since the summer. Recently, however, he has had a small window of opportunity to look at a number of issues concerning this office.”

Bryant went on to state to Jackson’s director of community outreach, Change Hamilton-Hayyim, that she would be terminated for helping an independent candidate running against him. 

“This is the congressman’s final decision,” Bryant said in the email.

Read more in the full Eurweb report.

Jackson is currently the subject of a federal investigation into his campaign spending. Several media outlets have reported that Jackson is in plea deal talks that could include jail time and resignation from the congressional seat he has held for nearly 18 years. 

Jackson has been in and out of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for several months after being diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder.

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James Taylor November 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Butch, Thanks, I thank? Anyway, have been a union member of AFSCME for 30 plus years, and a former DCFS child abuse neglect investigator as well as social worker as well as newspaper publisher for 42 years. So excuse me if I don't get very upset by certain insults and negative comments about my positions. However, how dare anyone resent me or anyone else from having an opinion on pro-life issues. What makes it more moral to kill an unborn child than to defend that child's right to live? As for who to vote for, anyone should be able to make that choise, isn't that the basis for American democracy? As for these postings, seems only four or five people are posting here and I suspect more have either tried or considered it but after reading the insulting comments about most any comment that is not supportive of what one person may think, they are attacked. Is that an idea of free speech and now we have to be subjected to more of this, I doubt it. As for me, I am a Republican and respect Democrats and independents and have no issue with a person's opinion. I certainly can't change Roe vs Wade!
BUTCH November 21, 2012 at 09:42 PM
@J Taylor did u ever have any dealings with the former Public Guardian now a sitting Judge Pat Murphy? Being in that role at DCFS has more than anything shaped your POLITICS and world view I am now thinking u may be overqualified for the role of a congressman but could get my vote on this alone if I could get a position on ALEC! Most arguments against pro life by lefties has to do with what u were working on DCFS or what do we do with the unwanted children after they are born? I myself have a table full of kids and gr kids and always was more pro life but the hypocrites who are worried about cannon fodder and were draft dodgers themselves and are so moral because that is where their wind is blowing while being partners with the murderers of first born girls, I am at a loss how anyone with a pulse could support this species?
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Jetta December 04, 2012 at 01:06 AM
The better candidate for whom? Not for anyone who works for a living, including relatively well-off upper middle class wage earners such as myself. That said, I DID NOT vote for JJJ, I was dismayed at his total lack of respect for and accountability to the 2nd. He should have given up on that stupid airport a long time ago and focused on retooling the southland's industrial infrastructure for green industry. I did not vote for Marcus Lewis, who will have to do more than campaign on Patch to get elected. I am an independent and held my breath and voted republican for this one office only. You aren't sounding too good to me so far either, Mr. Taylor. "Illegal means illegal" and simplistic viewpoints such as this does not an effective legislator make. No Herman Cain for me, and you are sounding like him so far. But the tea partiers and other republican cray-crays may support you even though you are Black, because they consider you "special". Full disclosure-I am Black and I do not vote my race but I do my homework and vote not just for my best interest but the best interests of children, the poor, and the elderly. As a Christian I can do no less. As a woman, I also cannot vote for those who would control my body and that of my daughter. I'll be watching you, it will be interesting to see how this all ends up. I hope we get something other than a clown in this position for the first time in many, many years.
James Taylor December 04, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Jetta, with all due respect, I don't really care if you vote for me or not. I am not about to sell out my beliefs for yours or anyone elses vote! I am pro-life and I do think legal is legal and illegal is just that, illegal. As far as telling you what to do with your body, wouldn't dare do that but only if you have the power to make a baby by yourself, say for example, like you can make your own tears. As far as a baby, you need a man to get that done and this to me indicates that before an abortion is allowed, at least the father should have something to say about that proposed abortion. The arguement for pro-choice is selfish and self centered and in my opinion, and I do have a right to one, just as you, those who get abortions should be jailed! Yes, if I could change the laws on abortion I would change them in a heart beat, the heart beat of one of those helpless babies who are aborted. As far as Mr. Caine he had a right to call it like he saw it, just as you! "Special" the only thing "Special" about me is that I don't fear those voters like you, I won't and God willing, never cave into your kind of rants just to get elected. I all ready work hard in my own business, so I don't need the money and won't sell out principal for a buck of a kind word or vote from someone like you.

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