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Jesse Jackson Jr. Spotted, Says He's "Not Well"

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Following reports of JJJ sightings at a Washington, D.C., bar with two different women, The Daily tracked him down Monday on the stoop of his Dupont Circle home sitting with Rev. Jesse Jackson and smoking a cigar.

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Where is Jesse Jackson Jr.? 

It's a common question in the media these days as Election Day approaches with no sign of the Chicago congressman whose name remains on the ballot in the 2nd District.

Following reports of JJJ sightings at a Washington, D.C., bar with two different women, The Daily tracked him down Monday on the stoop of his Dupont Circle home sitting with Rev. Jesse Jackson and smoking a cigar.

He told the publication he's “not well."

Jackson Jr. said he visits the doctor twice a day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and was picking up his kids earlier Monday when The Daily snapped a photo of the elusive congressman donning an untucked white collared shirt, jeans and ear phones.

The brief interview came as a new federal investigation into Jackson Jr.'s finances alleges he misused campaign funds to redecorate the inside of his Washington, D.C. home, which was on the market last month for $2.5 million. A separate allegation, that he tried to cut a deal with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to take now-President Barack Obama's former Senate seat, is under review by a House Ethics Committee.

Jackson Jr. went on medical leave from his political post on June 10. Few details were released until his office confirmed in August Jackson had been receiving treatment for depression.

He didn't address ethics allegations with The Daily, and Jackson Sr. said his son is “just trying to clear his head. He’s been under medical supervision."

Republican Brian Woodworth of Bourbonnais told NBC Chicago Monday the latest allegations against his opponent are more proof his district is without leadership.

"We don't have a voice in Congress," Woodworth said. "There isn't a voice in Congress. It's been silent for four months. And there's no promise that voice is coming back any time soon."

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