There was a show of family support from outside Rainbow Push headquarters Saturday morning as Santita and Jonathan Jackson spoke briefly about their brother Jessie Jackson Junior.
“The gravity has affected our family and we felt the impact of so many people’s prayers and we’re appreciative of everyone who’s kept us in their prayers we’ll keep them in ours as well,” Jonathan said.
The former second district congressman is charged with using campaign funds for personal items including furs, a $4600 fedora, once owned by Michael Jackson and a $5,000 football signed by two U.S. presidents.
He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, who resigned last month, also faces prison time and fines. She is accused of understating the couple’s income on their tax returns for six years.
The patriarch of the family, Reverend Jesse Jackson, is in Washington DC this weekend, to be with his son, who the family says is still undergoing medical care. Jesse Junior took leave from his congressional duties starting in June. While at first keeping tight lipped about the reason– doctors finally said it was for bipolar disorder. He resigned from congress just weeks after re-election in November, under a cloud of an ethics investigation.
“People remember all the great work that my brother has done.”
The Jackson family, long a powerhouse in Chicago and national politics, now says it will rally around Jesse Junior, who many saw, at one point, as a rising star in the Democratic Party.
“And as my brother Jonathan said we will stand with him until the end of time,” Santita said.