- - Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, told supporters this weekend in an automated phone call that he is “healing,” but is not yet ready to return to work and asked for patience from his suburban Chicago constituents.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that the Illinois Democrat is returning to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment.

Mr. Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, took a leave of absence from Congress in June, originally citing stress and exhaustion before his staff and family acknowledged the congressman was seeking help for more serious issues.

Critics of the congressman have called for Mr. Jackson to drop his re-election bid, but the new message indicates Mr. Jackson intends to hang on to his job.

“I’m anxious to return to work on your behalf. But at this time, it’s against medical advice. And while I will always give my all to my constituents. I will ask you to continue with your patience as I ask to get my health back,” Mr. Jackson said.

Despite not actively campaigning for re-election, he is expected to easily retain his seat on Nov. 6.

The congressman, 47, is also facing a House investigation into allegations of financial impropriety.

CAMPAIGN

Fundraising records show soldiers backing Obama

Among smaller donors, the commander-in-chief’s widest donor base last month was members of the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense, who gave 1,700 times to President Obama. Meanwhile, 300 Army members, and 127 in the Navy, are known to have given to rival Mitt Romney.

The perception of support among the military is much sought after in any campaign, but soldiers in recent years have gravitated to those who are more likely to bring them home to safety, preferring the non-interventionist Rep. Ron Paul over Mr. Obama, but Mr. Obama over other Republicans. Mr. Obama has pledged to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Mr. Romney’s campaign failed to obtain employment information from a huge chunk of his donors, both making it hard to evaluate who a President Romney could be beholden to and also possibly understating the armed-services figures.

Employees of Kaiser, the health care conglomerate that, owing to its integrated model, stands to benefit from Mr. Obama’s health care reforms, made 1,500 donations to the president last month. Some 1,872 donors gave their occupations as “disabled.” Academics at elite colleges formed much of the remainder of Mr. Obama’s small-donor money base.

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