Emanuel defends Sandi Jackson, council absences

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. right and his wife Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson during inaugural ceremonies for Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel Monday, May 16, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

November 28, 2012 4:05:02 PM PST
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speaking out in support of Alderman Sandi Jackson, even going as far as giving her a pass on skipping out on her obligations as an alderman.

\ Jackson has missed a number of Chicago City Council meetings and dozens of committee and neighborhood meetings since May.

Mayor Emanuel says Jackson has enough on her plate and he trusts her priorities are in order. Jackson is the wife of recently resigned congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

"She has to deal with that as both a spouse and a parent. And I think last, herself as an elected official. Now she hasn't said that, but given what I know about her that's the order I think it would be. And so she'll make those choices and I'm not going to do anything that adds pressure to her," Emanuel said.

If Sandi Jackson were to resign from office, Mayor Emanuel would have to choose her successor.