Not too long ago, it came out in the news that Representative Jesse Jackson Jr has been in the hospital for over a month due to a mood disorder. Since that news came out, I've heard Republicans howling for Jackson to resign his seat in congress, because he's been away for a month.
Back in 2008, John McCain missed 100% of the vote for the 6 months prior to November while he was campaigning. This was not due to any health issue whatsoever. I asked a question on here about whether McCain should resign his seat for having missed that much time. I heard a lot of Republicans making excuses, saying that he's an old war vet who was injured as a POW, all of which is true. But it was irrelevant, because he didn't miss those votes because he was ill, he missed those votes because he chose to campaign. After I mentioned that, all those Republicans could do was ignore the question and insult Rep. Jackson by calling him a crybaby, even though depression is a serious medical disorder and should not be made fun of.
Now that Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's running mate, I have been wondering something. Paul Ryan is going to be campaigning until the election. I seriously doubt that he is going to be able to actually participate in Congress until after he and Mitt Romney lose the election in November. Are the same people who were howling for Rep Jackson to resign his seat going to demand that Paul Ryan going to do so? And should he resign his seat? If it was due to a medical condition, I would say no, he should keep his seat until he could figure out if he was going to be able to recover and continue to serve. But my opinion is that, since he is CHOOSING not to serve as a congressman, yet still going to be collecting a paycheck, that he should immediately resign and allow the seat to be filled by someone who will actually do their job instead of travel around the nation.