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Jesse Jackson Jr. Re-Elected Despite Mental Health Issues, Will Serve Once He Gets Doctor's Approval

"Once the Doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years"

(Photo: AP)

(Photo: AP)

Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior (D-IL) has shocked many by winning re-election, despite going on medical leave in June and barely appearing in public for months.

He is currently being treated for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic, according to NBC5 Chicago, but few other details have been released.

Jackson commented through a spokesperson:

"My deep and sincere thanks to the people of the 2nd Congressional District, I am humbled and moved by the support shown today...Everyday, I think about your needs and concerns. Once the Doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years. My family and I are grateful for your many heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts. I continue to feel better everyday and look forward to serving you."

Jackson won his first race in 1995, but aside from a robo-call in mid-October in which he said said is "human" and doing his best, Jackson has almost refrained from campaigning altogether.

ABC7 reminds that Jackson's re-election comes in the midst of a House Ethics Committee investigation into links to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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