Lately, it seems that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. can’t stay out of the media, even though he has retreated and is supposed to be on medical leave to treat an alleged condition of severe depression. The congressman, who is being investigated for ethics violations, is now the talk of the town because of his bar-hopping.
Jackson was seen at Bier Baron Tavern, a Washington D.C. bar, not once, but twice, this past week. The issue with the congressman being seen at a bar is that he has been on an extended leave of absence for months, so it brings up the question of how he can be well enough to be out at a bar if he is not well enough to be at work. The other issue is that the congressman was seen with a different woman each night.
Speaking to Gawker, a source said,
“They were laughing and very focused on each other. Not sure when they left but I saw them there around 10:30 p.m. They didn’t appear intoxicated or loud, but were definitely enjoying themselves.”
Normally, a man who is seen at a bar with a woman does not really turn heads, but if that man is a married man, then heads start to turn and even more heads turn when that man is a public figure who has been reported to have had an extramarital affair. Jackson Jr., is that man who was was accused of marital infidelity in the past, so a lot of heads turned.
In 2010, the congressman allegedly had an extramarital affair with Giovanna Huidobro, who it was later revealed was restaurant greeter and model in D.C. The congressman never directly denied the allegations and instead, said,
“The reference to a social acquaintance is a personal and private matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago.”
Jackson Jr.’s is still on medical leave and his spokesman, Frank Watkins, explained that he is “under a doctor’s care for bipolar disorder.”