Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) (R), talks to the news media as his wife Sandi Jackson (L) and his sister Jacqueline Lavinia Jackson embrace after a news conference at the U.S. Capitol December 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The wife of embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) has no patience for the local media. Sandi Jackson, currently serving as an Alderwoman, called the media “jackals” outside of a Chicago restaurant. Her family has been under intense media scrutiny after her husband took an extended leave of absence from Congress to be treated for chronic depression. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) referred to the media as “jackals” at a fund-raising event Tuesday night and said her husband was at home and doing well.

“The jackals are outside. Let them stay outside,” she shouted into a microphone, referring to the press staked outside a birthday fund-raising bash. “We are family in here . . . it’s because of you all that I keep it going on.”

Jackson, who could be heard outside Park 52 restaurant, said if she were wearing more makeup lately it was a sign: “this girl is under pressure.”

She thanked supporters for helping her deal with the issues that had befallen her family of late.

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