.Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns From Congress

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Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been on medical leave from Capitol Hill for months due to his bipolar disorder, resigned from the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of Civil Rights activist Jesse Jackson, sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner announcing his resignation.

For seventeen years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy and life to public service. However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish,” the letter read. “Against the recommendations of my doctors, I had hoped and tried to return to Washington and continue working on the issues that matter most to the people of the Second District. I know now that will not be possible.”

The politician’s name has been surrounded by plenty of controversy lately, most recently, a probe by federal investigators into his finances.

Part of the investigation focuses on if Jesse Jackson used campaign funds for personal purchases; including furnishing his Washington, D.C. home and a $40,000 Rolex watch that he bought for a lady friend.

Regardless of Jesse’s personal problems, he still managed to win re-election by a landslide earlier this month. But now, he will be leaving Congress because of personal problems and the investigation.

According to ABC News, the state board told them that Jackson’s resignation could cost Illinois taxpayers $5.15 million. Illinois will hold two special elections to replace Jackson, a primary and a general election. Looking at previous special House elections in recent years, the board found that each election could cost the state and relevant counties around $2,575,000 this year.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, met with Jesse Jackson Jr. and his father on Wednesday (Now. 21).

It is with great sadness that we learned of Congressman Jackson’s decision to submit his resignation. His service in Congress was marked by his eloquent advocacy for his constituents’ views and interests,” Pelosi said in a statement

We hope Jesse Jackson Jr. seeks the help he needs, so he can continue to make major moves politically!

By: Ericka Smith (@ErickaLovesPR)

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