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Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s Biggest Democratic Critic

July 28, 2012

Earlier today, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza posted to his Facebook page a link to an AP story reporting that Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. was at the Mayo clinic being treated for depression. The post generated many comments, including one from former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson, whom he defeated handily in the March primary. Without hesitation to participate in the usual snarky back-and-forth prevalent on Facebook, Halvorson posted: "Most people don't go into hiding to deal with their problems."

Hey, even in intra-party congressional politics, sometimes bygones aren't just bygones. Earlier this month, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Halvorson saying of Jackson: "When he asks people to keep him in their thoughts and prayers, nobody knows what to pray about."

Jackson has been on medical leave from the House since June 10 and has been the target of some criticism, gentle and otherwise, from fellow Democrats, urging him to be more forthcoming about his whereabouts.

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