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Jesse Jackson Jr. says he’s ‘not well’

The Daily caught up with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), on leave for medical reasons and facing a federal probe into his campaign finances. 

Jackson told The Daily on Monday that he is “not well” and has doctor’s appointments twice a day at George Washington University Hospital. He was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic. Jackson did not respond to questions about a criminal probe into allegations that he used campaign funds to redecorate his house. 

According to Gawker, Jackson Jr. was spotted drinking at  the Bier Baron Tavern in Washington, D.C. two nights last week, with two different women. A server told The Daily that he had seen the congressman drinking and smoking a cigar. "Most of the time he’s talking on his damn phone,” the waiter said. 

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia has more on Jackson's disappearance from Congress and his future: 

Jackson’s current campaign is a baffling abstraction, but he’s expected to win easily against a Republican challenger in his heavily Democratic district. His wife and campaign spokesman say he is on the ballot and plans to serve if elected. But no events are scheduled, and Jackson’s campaign spokesman, Kevin Lampe, declined to say whether any advertisements or mailers have been purchased.

According to a spokesman, Jackson's Dupont Circle home is still for sale. Sandi Jackson has said the sale was prompted because of a need to pay for her husband’s medical expenses.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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