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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where is Jesse Jackson Jr. ? No Hints

CHICAGO (CBS) – A day after his office announced he has taken a leave of absence due to “exhaustion,” it’s still unclear when U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will return to work.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports people around the congressman said he’s facing a serious health challenge, and that’s been underscored by his recent actions – or, rather, his inaction in Congress.

No one at Jackson’s office at 71st Street and Exchange Avenue would talk on camera on Tuesday. On the phone, however, staffers said they don’t know where Jackson is, and noted the Jackson family has asked for privacy after announcing he’s been on medical leave since June 10 to deal with exhaustion.

Jackson has been under enormous pressure in recent years: his name has been linked to the U.S. Senate seat scandal that took down former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, he’s facing a House Ethics Committee investigation, he has been dealing with marital problems over his affair with a restaurant hostess, and a key Jackson fundraiser was indicted last week.

That fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak, was a key figure in the Senate seat scandal, and is also at the center of the Ethics Committee probe. Nayak allegedly offered to raise up to $6 million in campaign cash for Blagojevich to appoint Jackson to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. Jackson has denied directing Nayak to offer campaign cash for the seat, or any knowledge of such a deal. (more)

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