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Jackson Votes Absentee, Plans No Election Party

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has no plans to celebrate on election night

While he has been absent from his congressional district for several months, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has somehow found time to vote.

Jackson voted absentee and has no plans to hold an election-night event, political consultant Kevin Lampe told the Tribune. The congressman is seeking re-election despite a tumultuous year of federal investigations and time-spent at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Jackson has been on medical leave since June 10 and has mostly dodged the public eye all the way through October. 

Jackson was seen sitting with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in August and more recently was seen drinking at a bar in Washington D.C. before returning to the Clinic, according to the Tribune. It was reported in August that Jackson was diagnosed with bipolar depression and gastrointestinal issues.

Opponents Marcus Lewis and Brian Woodworth have called for Jackson to come out of hiding as the district has "no voice." Lewis has already cast his vote, displaying a photo of his marked ballot on his campaign Website.

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Marcus Lewis November 03, 2012 at 04:59 PM
This is why Peotone will never be built. Gary Airport has 2 flights a week and is locked up the rest of the time. Poor use of taxpayer funds. http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/unit-5-chicago-plan-truth-gary-chicago-airport-taxpayer-subsidy-175902941.html
Marcus Lewis November 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM
This is how JJJ acts as a sick congressman. http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Report-Jesse-Jackson-Jr-Seen-In-DC-Bars-With-Two-Different-Women-174214241.html
Marcus Lewis November 06, 2012 at 12:10 AM
THIS IS IT FOLKS! THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL VOTE FOR ME ON NOV. 6TH OR WE WILL SUFFER FOR ANOTHER 40 YEARS! AL WE HAVE IS RIGHT NOW! STOP PLAYING AND SEE THIS AS IT IS... IF WE CONTROL NOTHING OF POWER TO BRING THE THINGS WE NEED AMD THE REPS BEFORE NEVER BROUGHT THEM THEN WHEN AND HOW DO WE GET ACCESS TO THEM? BY VOTING FOR MARCUS LEWIS WITHOUT THINKING ON NOV.6TH CAUSE OUR FUTURES DEPEND ON THIS ELECTION HERE IN THE 2ND DISTRICT. BE BIGGER THAN WE ARE. STEP HIGHER THAN WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE DOING. BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY... VOTE IN MARCUS LEWIS AS YOUR NEXT CONGRESSMAN! IT ISN'T ABOUT ME. IT'S ALL ABOUT "WE"!
Marcus Lewis November 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM
PEOPLE...NOW IS THE TIME! WE MUST CONTROL A SEAT OF POWER TO BE A PLAYER AT THE TABLE OF THE POWERFUL. Place Marcus Lewis as a voice in Washington’s corridors of power IF YOU WANT THE THINGS WE DESPERATELY NEED! THIS IS OUR MOMENT! LET GO OF THE DUMB STUFF! VOTE AS A UNITED BLOCK FOR MARCUS LEWIS ON NOV. 6TH
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:46 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/

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