WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s asked himself if he confused his son’s sickness for success.
The civil rights leader spoke outside federal court in Washington on Wednesday after Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison. The former Illinois congressman previously had pleaded guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. Jackson Jr.’s wife Sandi received a year in prison.
Rev. Jackson says his son has been “driven to succeed, to be effective” but had highs and lows. He says he did not realize the cause was bipolar disorder until Jackson Jr. was admitted to the Mayo Clinic last year.
He says his son is still recovering, but “strong enough now to accept the challenges put before him by the judge.”