(CBS News) Why rush Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. out of treatment for a "mood disorder" and back to Capitol Hill, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Thursday, when Congress isn't getting any work done anyway?
In light of the news this week that Jackson was receiving "intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," Emanuel told WBBM Newsradio: "a lot of people are saying, 'When's he going to get back to work?'"
"He should get back to work," the mayor - formerly President Obama's chief of staff - continued. But, he asked, "Why would he go back to work at a Congress that does not work? Why rush it? I mean, they're all talking about him going back to work. Last time I checked, Congress had their second repeal of their healthcare bill - another symbolic victory. Why rush?"
Emanuel said his primary concern is for the Jackson's wife and children. "When you have mental and emotional issues - and mental health issues - they not only affect the individual, they affect the family, if you know anything about that area," he said.
WBBM reports that only a small group of close friends know Jackson's true medical condition.