Transcript for Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns from Congress
shell. A well-known congressman resigning today. Jesse jackson jr. After months of federal investigations, medical treatments and then a win on election day, today, an unexpected turn. Here's abc's sharyn alfonsi tonight. Reporter: Once a political rising star, jesse jackson jr. Today called it quits, sending in a letter of resignation to house speaker john boehner. He wrote, "over the past several months as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish." The drama around jackson began this summer when the congressman disappeared for weeks. The public, even members of his staff, didn't know where he was. Finally, in late july, the mayo clinic revealed jackson was being treated there for what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder and depression. His famous father uncharacteristically quiet about the matter. The fact is, the congressman is under medical supervision and is right now regaining strength. Reporter: Jackson was released in september, then readmitted last month. His return to the clinic came amid reports that the congressman faced a federal investigation into the potential misuse of campaign funds, including allegations that jackson used thousands of dollars to redecorate his washington, d.C. Townhome and that he used $40,000 to buy a rolex watch for a female friend. Even so, jackson was easily re-elected to the house just a few weeks ago. Even though he was in the mayo clinic. Even though he never campaigned for the job. In his resignation letter, jackson added that, "against the recommendation of my doctors" he'd hoped to return to washington, but "i now know it will not be possible." Jackson said he is working with federal investigators and quote, accepting responsibilities for his mistakes. But is unclear whether his resignation was part of a reported plea deal. A special election will be held to fill his seat. A lot of people pulling for a better road ahead for him. Sharyn, thank you.
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