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Jesse Jackson Jr. a no-show in congress' lame-duck session

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Jackson Leave of Absence.jpgCongress met today in a lame-duck session, but despite winning reelection with 62 percent of the vote, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was not present.

Jackson has been absent from congress since June 10.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. on Tuesday announced he was no longer being housed at the facility. However, he remains in Minnesota receiving treatment on an outpatient basis.

On Tuesday, Jackson and his father and mother were visiting with the congressman, but his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, was in Chicago and appeared surprised by the news that her husband was released from the clinic. He had been treated for bipolar depression.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday he was not with his son.

"No, no, no I'm in New York. I'm in New York in a meeting," he said before hanging up.

The Sun-Times first reported that Jackson is under federal scrutiny for activity in his campaign fund.

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