Aide: Rep. Jackson Selling Home to Pay for Healthcare

Washington, DC home placed on market two weeks ago

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:00 PM EDT
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Patrick Kennedy Details Meeting With Jesse Jackson, Jr

Jesse Jackson, Jr. has been treated for is bipolar disorder and severe depression at the Mayo Clinic.

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Being Treated for Bipolar Depression

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy said he'll visit congressional colleague at Mayo Clinic this week. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

Patrick Kennedy Details Meeting With Jesse Jackson, Jr

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy says "my heart goes out to him" as he reveals details of an emotional meeting with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr at the Mayo Clinic.
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Like many Americans, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is struggling with healthcare costs.

At least that's what a representative said Wednesday is the reason why the congressman put his Washington D.C. home on the market.

The listing adds fuel to speculation that Jackson, who is suffering from bipolar disorder, would not be able to continue in his role, but the statement from chief of staff Rick Bryant offers another explanation:

    "Like millions of Americans, Congressman Jackson and Mrs. Jackson are grappling with soaring healthcare costs and are selling their residence to help defray costs of their obligations. The Congressman would like to personally thank everyone who has offered prayers on behalf of his family."

The four-bedroom, five-level home was listed less than two weeks ago, NBC News reports. That's just about the time when the ailing congressman returned home from the Mayo Clinic to continue recovering from bipolar disorder.

Jackson Jr. went on medical leave from his political post in Chicago on June 10. Few details were released after the leave until his office confirmed in August Jackson had been receiving treated for depression.

Though the congressman remains on the November ballot, the home listing raises questions about his political future in Washington. As of last week, Jackson had not returned to work and his current condition remains unclear.

Zillow.com lists the home in Dupont Circle as an "exquisite Victorian style home" with three full baths, two half-baths, five fireplaces, a sun room, roof-top deck with jacuzzi, one-car attached garage and two kitchens.

"A must see!" the description reads. "Location is the key! Located in the heart of Dupont Circle. Showings by appointment only!"

Lawmakers who visited him at the Mayo Clinic said he suffers from "deep depression" with much work ahead to recover.

Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy said their meeting was "really emotional," and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Jackson is in a "fragile state."

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