Nightly News | July 11, 2012
>>> there's a mystery talked about mostly in washington all the way west to chicago . jesse jackson , jr., the son of the civil rights leader, has been missing away from his job for the past four weeks and not heard from. tonight we have learned more about where he is and where he's been. our report from nbc 's andrea mitchell .
>> his namesake is both a blessing and a curse , jesse jackson , jr..
>> he is my father and my friend, i now present to you the reverend jesse jackson .
>> reporter: born at the height of the civil rights movement , raised in politics by his famous father, once a rising star . now missing in action , not seen since june. battles an ethics investigation, a failing marriage and his parents say physical and mental pain .
>> we hope he'll be fully restored to his health. he's going through a tremendous challenge.
>> reporter: friends and colleagues say he was far from chicago's south side , being treated for alcoholism at a facility in arizona. and there are legal issues. the younger jackson has denied he tried to get convicted former illinois governor rob blagojevich to appoint him to president obama 's senate seat in exchange for money raised by a one-time fund-raiser.
>> everyone who is going to be amazed at just how innocent i am.
>> reporter: last month he was indicted on unrelated charges. today democratic leaders signal their time and patience could be running out.
>> i think congress jackson and his office and his family would be well advised to advise the constituents of his condition. he's obviously facing a health problem.
>> reporter: at shawn's fadz 4 days, people are asking questions.
>> we elected him and there's nowhere to be found.
>> i need to know what his illness is. is it mental, physical?
>> even fellow democrats on capitol hill are getting impatient. it's been a month now since he's been seen and there's business to be done.
>> tonight jackson 's wife texted nbc chicago that her husband is, quote, not in rehab. a good friend told nbc this has all come down on jackson like an avalanche. there is a good possibility he'll have to resign.
>> andrea mitchell in our washington newsroom. thanks.