Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election on the same night as President Barack Obama. The win was not surprising for specific reasons: Jackson is a seasoned and respected political figure, and his district is heavily Democratic. But the reason that the win may surprise you is because he didn’t do hardly any campaigning himself.
A long string of robocalls were enough to keep Jackson in office, even as his colleagues question his ability to do this job. Jackson has been on an indefinite leave of absence from Congress, as he’s being treated for bi-polar disorder.
Jackson is currently at The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The 47-year old has been in Congress since 1995 and defeated Republican candidate Brian Woodworth and Independent candidate Marcus Lewis.
“I am human,” Jackson said in the call. “I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through (all of my problems.)”
There is no word on when Jackson is going to be healthy and back in public again. His team has assured the public that he is doing the best he can to represent them during this difficult time.