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"For 17 years I have given 100% of my time, energy and life to public service," Jackson wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner as reported by USA Today. "However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish."
It's not true, of course, that Jackson has "given 100%" of his time to public service. As his own resignation letter indicates, "the past several months" have seen Jackson AWOL from his congressional duties.
Assuming that he was actually sick - and not playing games with the federal authorities who are investigating him - Jackson should have resigned before he was reelected on Nov.6. He undoubtedly knew well before the election that he would have to resign, but stayed in to qualify for pension and benefits. He has left his constituents (most of whom are apparently idiots) without representation and now with a looming special election to replace Junior.
Also in Jackson's resignation letter: "I am aware of the ongoing federal investigation into my activities and I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone." (Chicago Tribune) The Trib also has Jackson's full resignation letter.
Is it just coincidence that Jackson resigned the day after ABC Chicago reported that "a former top aide to Jesse Jackson Jr. says she had to flee Chicago because of harassment by the Jackson family?"
Or is today's resignation part of a plea deal that Jackson made with the feds? A report by CBS Chicago on Nov. 12 said that the "former U.S. attorney representing embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is negotiating a plea deal with the federal government," and that the plea deal "would end Jackson’s 17-year career as a congressman representing Chicago’s South Side and suburbs."
Prediction: Jackson is going down and sooner or later will serve a federal prison sentence.
There is no statement about the resignation on the nutty now-former congressman's website, nor on his Facebook page, as of 4:05 PM EST.