For weeks, his doctors and family members have been saying he's not well enough to return to work, but a new report in Gawker states Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been seen out in a DC bar just four blocks from his home, and that's got his opponents turning up the heat of their criticism. Mary Ann Ahern reports.
The gossip website Gawker reports that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. -- also known on Ward Room as Ladies Love Cool JJJ -- has been spotted convalescing from his treatment for bipolar disorder at a Washington, D.C., bar, with two different women.
According to two independent sources, Jackson was spotted drinking at Bier Baron Tavern, a craft beer bar not far from Dupont Circle, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights last week. Each night, he was accompanied by a different woman. According to both sources, Jackson was drinking. “They were laughing and very focused on each other,” one source said of Jackson’s demeanor on Wednesday night. “Not sure when they left but I saw them there around 10:30 p.m. They didn't appear intoxicated or loud, but were definitely enjoying themselves.”
When Gawker asked Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins why the congressman was well enough to spend two nights cavorting in a bar, but not well enough to return to work, Watkins responded, “You're asking me to comment on something I don't have any information about.”
Ward Room called the Bier Baron Tavern where Jackson Jr. was spotted to confirm the sighting, but we were told to come by the bar if we wanted to talk. Ward Room is considering the offer.
The Gawker report didn’t specify whether one of the women was Jackson’s wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, who might not be recognizable to Washingtonians. But if there were two different women, at least one was not his wife. And Sandi usually spends her weeks in Chicago, flying to D.C. on weekends to spend time with her husband and children, who attend school there.
If true, the report would not be out of character for Ladies Love Cool JJJ, who has confessed to using money from campaign contributor Raghuveer Nayak to fly a D.C. cocktail waitress to Chicago.