CHICAGO (CBS) — The mother of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. broke her silence about her son’s illness, acknowledging the congressman has had trouble dealing the “enormous disappointment” over the past few years.
“I’m not ashamed to say,” Jacqueline Jackson said at a speech at an Operation PUSH luncheon on Friday, “he thought he was going to be a senator. He thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor. And young people don’t bounce back from disappointment like me and my husband.”
Jackson Jr. was once in line to succeed Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate before he became entangled in the corruption scandal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted to trying to sell the Senate appointment to the highest bidder. A Jackson fund-raiser allegedly told Blagojevich he could raise millions of dollars for him if he named Jackson to the seat.