CHICAGO (CBS) – Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has resigned from Congress, citing health reasons and an intensifying federal investigation into the use of his campaign funds.
He notified staff, supporters and some lawmakers this afternoon. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder this summer.
His resignation letter has been sent to House Speaker John Boehner.
“My health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible with service in the House of Representatives,” Jackson wrote. “Therefore, it is with great regret that I resign as a member of the United States House of Representatives, effective today, in order to focus on restoring my health.”
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the decision was made this week, jointly by the Jackson family, with the congressman’s father, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., presiding – as with all major Jackson family decisions.
No one would say where Congressman Jackson was on Wednesday, but given the family’s longstanding traditions, it’s likely he’s in Chicago, with the family for the Thanksgiving holiday.
He couldn’t stop crying, so he couldn’t give a press conference,” according to a source close to Jackson. “First, he is not well. He is up and down. When he’s up, he can talk but he breaks down that’s why he couldn’t conduct the press conference.”