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Sandi Jackson asks for "patience" on Jesse Jackson Jr.'s absence. Opponent says Jackson "abandoned his post."

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Succumbing to a louder chorus asking for answers about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s political intentions, 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson today spoke at City Hall, asking for patience.

"No last-minute switcheroos. He would never do that, and I would never want that for him," she said. "I strongly believe in the democratic process. When I ran for alderman five years ago, I ran because I believe it's important to give individuals a voice. They need to have a say in who their elected representatives are. I know that Jesse believes that firmly as well."

Chicago Sun-Times City Hall Reporter Fran Spielman detailed Sandi Jackson's remarks today.

"I can't speak to when that's going to happen or how that's going to happen," she said. "I can only say that I will continue to rely on (doctors') expertise. I would only ask for patience."

At the news that he may not return until after the election, Jackson's independent opponent in the 2nd Congressional District race, Marcus Lewis, once again lambasted the congressman, saying he's been out of pocket for far too long in a district that's economically struggling.

"Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is listed as MIA, AWOL & is a congressman on the run, in hiding refusing any modicum of communication from the media or with his constituents," Lewis said. "Jackson Jr. has abdicated his right to be looked upon as a U.S.. Representative for the 2nd District of Illinois by his silence and refusal to return to his elected position of congressman is deemed a deserter from his sworn duties and is hereby unfit for the office of congressman having abandoned his post."

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