Speculation has swirled in recent weeks that marital problems and stress from a congressional ethics investigation stemming from the conviction of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) had become unbearable for Jackson, ultimately forcing him to seek treatment.
His office called the Congressman’s condition a “mood disorder,” disputing the claim of alcoholism and marital discord. Aides to Jackson claimed in June that he had taken a leave for “exhaustion.”
“I speak as a father, an one who right now is pained as he comes out of his crisis,” he said. “We’re with him and we hope that he’ll be fully restored to his health. But right now he’s going through a tremendous challenge.”
One of Jackson’s former fundraisers, Raghuveer Nyak, was arrested days after Jackson’s medical leave began. Audio from the trial of Gov. Blagojevich revealed that the convicted Democrat claimed that Nyak had offered to raise $1.5 million in campaign donations if Blagojevich would pick Jackson to be the next Senator from Illinois.
Nyak’s arrest does not appear to be connected to Jackson. He faces charges of mail fraud, racketeering and bribing doctors. Jackson has denied involvement in the Blagojevich scandal.
This video was broadcast by NBC’s Nightly News on Wednesday, July 12, 2012.
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