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Jesse Jackson Jr. Is Alive And "Not Well"

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Oct 16, 2012 8:20PM

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. publicly answered questions for the first time yesterday when The Daily caught him smoking a cigar on the steps of his Washington, D.C., home. Jackson did not address the news that he is under FBI investigation for misuse of campaign funds, nor the news that he was spotted with two ladies two nights in a row at a D.C. bar. Jackson offered The Daily very little information, but this is the most to come straight from the congressman's mouth since at least June.

The Daily writes:

Jackson told The Daily that he is “not well” and has doctor’s appointments twice a day at George Washington University Hospital, not far from his home in the trendy DuPont Circle neighborhood: “I go over there ... at 10 [a.m.] and 1 p.m.”

When The Daily’s photographer took his picture earlier in the day, Jackson explained he had been “picking up my kids.” He didn’t elaborate on whether he was headed to the school or had just returned when he decided to take a cigar break on the steps, resting his lit Monte Cristo on a wall leading up to the front entrance of his red-brick Victorian. On the driveway were a cigar butt, a cigar band, a half-foot pile of ashes and a nearly full box of matches.

The Daily also caught Jesse Jackson Sr. as he entered his son's house, and he said Jackson Jr. is “just trying to clear his head. He’s been under medical supervision.” Furthermore, a server from Bier Baron, the D.C. bar where Jackson Jr. was reportedly spotted with two ladies last week, clarified that the congressman was there drinking "with a group that included both men and women."