It seems that the scourge of the entertainment industry, exhaustion, is spreading to the political class. Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.has been diagnosed by members of his staff as suffering from exhaustion. Voters, many of whom regularly work 12 hour days may look askance at this diagnosis but there is a growing body of opinion in the PR community linking exhaustion to the dreaded chronic fatigue syndrome. The fact that Jackson has been on medical leave for two weeks would seem to suggest that this is no ordinary hangover. It brings to mind the undiagnosed disorder for which former Congressman Anthony Wiener sought medical treatment following an embarrassing disclosure of Wiener's online activities.
Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., said he saw Jackson just before the week-long recess and that he “seemed fine.”
“He was joking, like he usually does. He was laughing. He was his usual self,” according to Davis, who said he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus noticed Jackson’s absences from votes last week.
Davis said he saw the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the lawmaker’s father, at a Father’s Day event on June 17 and the elder Jackson made no mention of his son’s situation.
Of course Father's Day is a contentious time of the year in the Jackson household and it could be the senior Jackson had simply forgotten his son's debilitating affliction. The arrest of Raghuveer Nayak, a close Jackson political ally on federal fraud charges may be a contributing factor to the Congressman's malady.