Colleagues say Jesse Jackson decision coming

By WEEK Reporter

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- One of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior's colleagues thinks Jackson may decide by January whether he wants to remain in office.

Congressman Danny Davis told WLS Radio in Chicago that he believes by January, Jackson will be able to be "in a position to make a decision about whether or not he's going to continue to serve".

Davis and fellow congressman Bobby Rush recently visited with Jackson, who has been absent from Congress since June. He is being treated for a bi-polar disorder at the Mayo Clinic, but is expected to win re-election next month.

If Jackson does choose to leave Congress, a special election would have to be held for someone to fill out the rest of the two year term. 

Davis suggested there's a double standard in the criticism of Jackson, because he hasn't seen calls for Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, a stroke victim to resign.  

Kirk has been off the job since January. 

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