Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Democratic Congressman from Chicago, is in the final stage of an FBI investigation over suspicions that he misused campaign money to decorate his Washington D.C. home. That home was put on the market briefly for more than $2 million. The investigation began before Rep. Jackson, son of Civil Rights activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson, disappeared for treatment for bipolar disorder at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic in June. At first, the Congressman’s aides said he was being treated for exhaustion.
Rep. Jackson was approached by a reporter from The Daily over the weekend after he was seen smoking a cigar in front of his house. He hadn’t been seen publicly for four months, missing many days in the House of Representatives. He said that he has twice-daily doctor’s appointments and is “not well.” He didn’t address anything related to the investigation.
Rep. Jackson had been under investigation previously for ties he may have had to the Rod Blagojevich scandal, in which the former Illinois governor was found guilty of trying to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. Rep. Jackson was not charged with anything. The current investigation was put on hold while Jackson was at the Mayo Clinic.
Rep. Jackson is up for re-election on November 6 and is likely to win, despite his troubles (which also include talk of his nights out with women other than his wife) and his lack of campaigning. It’s believed that he has $250,000 in campaign funds. Investigators might reveal the results of their examination before Election Day.