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Jesse Jackson Jr. Exits Mayo

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Exits Mayo

Courtesy Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy meets with Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. at the Mayo Clinic on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

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Embattled and ill (D-Ill.) congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. returned to Washington D.C. Friday after nearly three months away from his job.

"He's hanging in there," said Alderman Sandi Jackson, Jackson Jr.'s wife, by text message."Gonna be home under his doctor's care until further notice.   Won't be back to work until the doctors give the green light." 

Jackson Jr., 47, suddenly left his post as Illinois' second district representative on June 10 and checked into an Arizona substance abuse clinic.

About a month later he checked into the Mayo Clinic where he was treated for bipolar depression.

It's not clear when Jackson Jr. checked out of the clinic. Doctors there would not give specifics and referred all questions to his congressional office.

Jackson Jr. faces a reelection battle this November.

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