A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says he has received letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel says the Speaker’s office received a letter of resignation from Jackson. Boehner’s office did not immediately comment beyond acknowledging they’d received the letter.
The Chicago Democrat was easily re-elected earlier this month to a ninth term despite not having appeared in public since quietly taking medical leave in June for treatment of bipolar disorder.
The House Ethics Committee has been looking into whether Jackson was involved in discussions about raising money for imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
There also have been reports of a federal investigation into possible misuse of campaign money.
Here are excerpts from his letter to House Speaker John Boehner.
“For seventeen years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy, and life to public service. However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish. Against the recommendations of my doctors, I had hoped and tried to return to Washington and continue working on the issues that matter most to the people of the Second District. I know now that will not be possible.”
“The constituents of the Second District deserve a full-time legislator in Washington, something I cannot be for the foreseeable future. My health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible with service in the House of Representatives. Therefore, it is with great regret that I hereby resign as a member of the United States House of Representatives, effective today, in order to focus on restoring my health.”
“During this journey I have made my share of mistakes. 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. None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right.”