Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic

November 13, 2012

By Alex Keefe, Lauren Chooljian and The Associated Press

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A spokesman at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota said Tuesday, Jackson has left the clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence in June.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has left the Mayo Clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence in June.

Mayo spokesman Nick Hanson says Jackson left the Minnesota clinic Tuesday. He did not know where Jackson was going.

The Jacksons had considered sending the congressman to another facility for "more intense treatment" of his bi-polar disorder, a source close to the family said Tuesday. But the source wasn't sure whether that's where the congressman is heading.

Jackson was elected Nov. 6 to a ninth full term representing his Chicago area district, despite not campaigning and barely appearing in public since taking medical leave. He spent election night at the clinic after returning there in October amid reports that he faced a new federal investigation into potential misuse of his campaign finances.

Jackson remains under a U.S. House committee's investigation into his dealings with imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says it's time for Jackson Jr. to let voters know what's going on.

"The election is over," Quinn said. "I think it's important for him to tell his constitutents and tell the public where he stands."

Quinn made his remarks just before the news broke about Jackson leaving the clinic. The governor declined to say if Jackson should leave resign, saying that decision was up to the congressman.

Jackson hasn't given any indication of when he'll return to office, but did suggest in a recent robocall to constituents that he is eager to get back to work. On Tuesday, Jackson spokesman Kevin Lampe said he didn't know when the congressman would return to work, or even update constituents about his condition.