US Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (IL-D) resigns from Congress amid reports that he is being investigated by the Justice Department for allegedly misusing campaign donations for his personal use. Jackson has been absent from the Congress for months while undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic; however, that did not stop voters from some how reelecting him to office. So what will Jackson’s selfish act of not resigning prior to the 2012 election so that a new rep could have been normally elected mean to Illinois? According to ABC News, Jackson’s resignation could cost Illinois tax payers $5.1 million. Nice.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) submitted a letter announcing his resignation from Congress to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday, according to a Boehner aide.
“For seventeen years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy, and life to public service,” Jackson wrote.
“However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish. Against the recommendations of my doctors, I had hoped and tried to return to Washington and continue working on the issues that matter most of the people of the Second District. I know now that will not be possible.”
Jackson’s resignation comes amid reports that he is being investigated by the Justice Department for allegedly misusing campaign donations.
One really has to ask why Jesse Jackson Jr. did not step down sooner and save the tax payers of Illinois the grief, aggravation and money of a special election. Then again, I have to question an electorate that would vote back in a guy who was AWOL and under the scope of a federal investigation due to his personal use of campaign donations. I guess both Illinois and Jackson get what they deserve.