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Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Talks About Jr.'s Release

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will not be back in office any time soon, according to his father.

    "Someone reported he will be back to work on Monday, that is not true," said Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., who spoke about his son on Saturday morning.

    On Friday, the Congressman had left the Mayo Clinic, where he was seeking treatment for bipolar disorder, and resting with his family in Washington D.C.

    His father expressed concerns for Jackson Jr.'s well-being.

    "I hope he's not moving too early," the reverend said. "The disorder he is facing does not lend itself to a set time table."

    Jackson Jr.’s return has put his opponents back on the offensive. A few hours after his release, challenger Brian Woodworth pointed out the curious circumstances surrounding Jackson's choice to return to the Nation's Capital over Second Congressional District, where the Congressman is up for reelection this November

    Three months ago, Jackson Jr. suddenly left his post as Illinois Second District Representative and checked into an Arizona substance abuse clinic.

    About a month later, he checked into the Mayo Clinic seeking treatment for bipolar disorder.