CHICAGO (AP) - The mother of Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman has dealt with "enormous disappointment" in recent years and needs time to heal.
Jacqueline Jackson made her first public comments about her son's condition during a speech Friday at an Operation PUSH event in Chicago.
Rep. Jackson's office said this week he is suffering from a "mood disorder," but did not provide any details or name the facility where he is being treated during his monthlong leave of absence.
WBBM-TV reports that his mother said Friday she was not ashamed to acknowledge her son's disappointments, saying, for example, that he had thought he would become a senator and have a chance to run for mayor.
Her speech also addressed her work with the civil rights movement and with Rainbow PUSH.
Information from: WBBM-TV, http://www.cbs2chicago.com
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