Weirdest press release ever
Monday, Jul 9, 2012 - Posted by Rich Miller
* This statement from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s staff has to rank as one of the most bizarre official press releases ever…
Congressman Jackson’s medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed. Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time. At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an inpatient medical facility. According to the preliminary diagnosis from his doctors, Congressman Jackson will need to receive extended inpatient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter. We ask that you keep Congressman Jackson and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult period.
It looks to me that his staff has been kept in the dark as well.
Weird, man. Just weird.
* Sen. Dick Durbin turned up the heat today…
At a Chicago press conference, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., stopped just short of calling on Mr. Jackson to immediately detail why he is on an indefinite leave of absence from Congress.
But, in the coded language of politics, Mr. Durbin was surprisingly frank, as the diplomats would say, in his first public comments on the flap.
“As a public official, there comes a point when you have a responsibility to tell the public what’s going on,” Mr. Durbin said. Mr. Jackson “will soon have to make a report on the physical condition he’s struggling with.”
The senator would not define “soon” and said a temporary exception perhaps could be made if there were some “medical necessity” for telling constituents only that Mr. Jackson is being treated at an unnamed health facility for “certain physical and emotional ailments,” as a statement from his office termed it.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
But Mr. Durbin said he’s “concerned” by the news blackout, and noted that he has received no information about Mr. Jackson’s condition.