* This guy has become a walking PR disaster…
Listings for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s (D-Ill.) Dupont Circle home have been removed from public view.
After news broke on Wednesday that Jackson’s house was put up for sale, an online tour of the house and a public listing on a real estate website were both taken down. The Multiple Listing Services (MLS) listing for the house was removed on Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. A spokesman for Jackson Jr. told the Chicago paper that the listing had been made private. Similarly, a virtual tour of the house on YouTube was taken down after news broke that the house was up for sale on Wednesday.
When asked to respond to Jackson opponents who said the house sale was a sign the congressman’s future prospects were doubtful, Lampe said: “it’s speculation.”
“His name is still on the ballot,” Lampe said. When pressed to comment on whether Jackson were still running for reelection, Lampe repeated: “He’s still on the ballot.”
Lampe later added: “We’re waiting for the doctor to release him to send him back to work.”
Jackson aides indicated last week that the couple put the house on the market to defray the cost of medical bills. The Sun-Times reported last week that the couple took out a $405,000 loan against the Washington D.C. home two years ago. The couple also owns a home in the city’s South Shore neighborhood.
The Jacksons have offered little public comment since Jackson took a leave from his congressional post on June 10.
The property was placed on the market Sept. 8, according to real estate data.
That’s one day after Jackson aides announced the congressman had been released from Mayo Clinic and was back with his kids in Washington, D.C. “He may be back to work on Monday,” his spokesman said at the time and his wife, Sandi, had said her husband intended on staying in office.
* Laura Washington is losing patience…
What’s going on with you? It is impossible to discern the truth behind the cloak of secrecy, obfuscation and spin that you have created.
How can voters count on you to be an effective advocate if you can’t manage credible, substantive communications about your illness and political future?
* Phil Kadner has already lost his patience…
An impression has been created, through statements released to the news media, that Jackson is no longer capable of making decisions for himself.
There is an appearance that his wife, Sandi Jackson, a Chicago alderwoman, is making all the important decisions for him.
If that’s in fact the case, Jesse Jackson Jr. should step down as congressman.
While every elected official relies heavily on the counsel of family and political associates, they are ultimately expected to determine for themselves how to vote and what issues to advocate or oppose.
There has been no evidence since Jackson took his medical leave of absence from Congress several months ago that he is capable of making such decisions on his own.
If Jackson plans on returning to Congress after the November election, he should make it clear immediately that he is capable of fulfilling his duties.
* Eric Zorn…
It will be best for the voters if Jackson stays in, then resigns if he must after his inevitable victory so that a field of candidates can vie for the seat in a special election.
I’m guessing, therefore, that the pressure now on him to resign is intense.
And because what’s best for the voters is so seldom on the political agenda, I’m not optimistic that he’ll hang on.