Emanuel: ‘I’m with Congressman Jackson, Sandi and the family’

July 12, 2012

Jewell Washington

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is continuing to back U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. amid growing criticism that he hasn’t disclosed enough information about his health. That comes a day after the Chicago Democrat’s office announced Jackson is receiving treatment for a mood disorder.

Emanuel spoke today at Hyde Park Academy High School, near Jackson’s second district. He struck a combative tone and said the congressman should put his health and family first.

"I know a lot of people are saying when is he going back to work, he should get back to work - why would he go back to work to a Congress that does no work,” he asked. “Why rush? Take care of your health. Guess what? Congress is going to be there.”

Emanuel added that at a certain point the congressman needs to talk to his constituents.

“My main point is that I’m with Congressman Jackson, Sandi and the family,” he said.

The ailment has sidelined the Chicago Democrat for more than a month.