Illinois Congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny Davis spoke to reporters at O'Hare International Airport after a day trip to Washington, D.C., to visit Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his congressman son has checked back into the Mayo Clinic for an evaluation with just two weeks to go in a re-election bid for the ailing congressman.
"He knows he is experiencing some extreme difficulties," Rep. Danny Davis said Monday after visiting Jackson.
Rep. Bobby Rush insisted that Jackson’s "actions had been misread." He said his colleague, who had previously been known for his stellar voting record, had only missed 32 actual days of work since taking a leave of absence in June.
"Nothing occurred in those 32 days where his constituents suffered," Rush said.
"He should be given the opportunity to serve, based on the entirety of his record," Rush said, noting that Jackson is the Democratic party nominee. He pointedly noted that in the heavily Democratic district, "once you win the Democratic nomination, your chance of not being elected is pretty slim."