After weeks of missing votes, Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced through his office in late June that he was on medical leave for exhaustion. Yesterday, his office revealed that he is being treated for a mood disorder. Whether it’s Vice President Dick Cheney’s heart condition or former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus, who disappeared before revealing a substance-abuse problem, there are countless examples of publicly elected officials keeping medical information from their constituents.
What obligation do elected officials have to disclose medical information to their constituents? Does it matter whether that’s a heart condition or depression?
Allan Mayer, veteran crisis management expert and principal partner at the entertainment PR firm 42West
David Weigel, Slate political reporter