WASHINGTON--Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) resigned on Wednesday, asking people to remember what he did right--and saying any mistakes he made are "mine alone."
Jackson said he resigned, effective Wednesday "in order to focus on restoring my health." In Congress for 17 years, Jackson said "During this journey I have made my share of mistakes. I am aware of the ongoing federal investigation into my activities. and I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are mistakes and mine alone. None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailities and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right.
"It has been a profound honor to serve the constitutients of Illinois' Second District and I thank them for their patience, words of support and prayers during what has been and what will continue to be a very trying time for me and my family.
"..With optimism and hope I look forward to the day when my treatment is complete and my health improves."