Here's a little from an AP story by Michelle Smith about Jesse Jackson Jr. in Rochester and how Patrick Kennedy, a former Mayo Clinic patient is coming to visit and support him here.
Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Monday he plans to visit Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois on Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where Jackson is being treated for bipolar disorder.
Kennedy was treated at the Mayo Clinic himself for addiction and depression in 2006 after a late-night car crash at the U.S. Capitol. He decided not to run for a ninth term in 2010 and retired from Congress last year.
Jackson took a medical leave two months ago, and the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic said Monday he was being treated for Bipolar II, which is define d as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania. Hypomania is a less serious form of mania.
‘‘Jesse and I served together for many years, and I've spoken to him several times, and I'm looking forward to visiting with him personally ... just to impart for him my experience. There’s an ability for Jesse to be helpful to others who come after him,’’ Kennedy told The Associated Press on Monday. ‘‘I can share with him not only my experience in recovery, but I can also obviously relate what it’s like to struggle and be in public life.’’