Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns - acknowledging mental illness may be a worthwhile legacy
He continued, in many ways, to be overshadowed by his father, who served as an adviser to the family of President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and then, a few years a later, admitted he had fathered a child out of wedlock.
The younger Jackson was thrust into the spotlight after Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges.
The Illinois governor was convicted on multiple counts, including a charge that he tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by then president-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.
Jackson’s attorney acknowledged his client was “Senate Candidate No. 5,” an unnamed politician Blagojevich - in a conversation wiretapped by federal prosecutors - said had sent an emissary who promised to raise more than $1 million for the governor’s campaign war chest in exchange for Obama’s seat.
Jackson acknowledged his interest in the seat but denied authorizing any offer to Blagojevich on his behalf.
In June of this year, Jackson went on medical leave and has been treated twice at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder, a psychological condition marked by extreme mood swings.
In recent weeks, media outlets reported Jackson had hired a lawyer to handle talks with the U.S. government on a possible plea deal to settle allegations he misused campaign funds.