U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s home in Washington, D.C. has been removed from public listings, apparently in response to unwanted media attention as the politician continues to recover from emotional issues.
Jackson's four-bedroom Victorian-style home was listed for $2.5 million on Sept. 8, one day after Rick Bryant, Jackson's aide, announced that the congressman had returned home to Washington and was "convalescing with his wife and children" after being treated for bipolar disorder at Mayo Clinic.
But the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the listing was "withdrawn" from public view when news broke that the home was on the market Sept. 19. “It’s a private listing now,” Jackson spokesman Kevin Lamp told the newspaper.
The Zillow.com listing previously reported that the five-level home was built in 1921 and come equipped with three full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, five fireplaces, a sunroom, a rooftop deck with a jacuzzi and a patio. Photos of the home can be seen in this video slideshow.
In a statement last week, a spokesperson said the Jackson family was selling the home to help defray the costs of the politician's healthcare, comparing their struggle to those felt by millions of Americans facing overwhelming medical bills.
Despite being absent from Congress since early June, Jackson remains on the ballot in the fall election. His opponent, write-in candidate Anthony W. Williams, has spoken out, urging Jackson "to campaign or resign. You can't have it both ways."
Last month, the Mayo Clinic announced that Jackson was being treated for Bipolar II, defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania. The treatable condition is a less serious form of mania.