Emanuel: "Why rush" Jackson back to do-nothing Congress?

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 09: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a press conference in the Englewood neighborhood on July 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The mayor announced an initiative to identify, secure, or demolish vacant buildings in the city to prevent gangs from using them as gathering places. The city has seen a sharp increase in gang-related violence in 2012. There have been 259 homicides in Chicago through June, a 37.8 percent increase from last year. There have been 16 homicides recorded so far in July. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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(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.

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