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September 10th, 2012
08:18 PM ET

"I encouraged him to take it slow and don't rush into things," says Patrick J. Kennedy on Jessie Jackson Jr.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who hasn't been seen on Capitol Hill since late May, had hoped to return work Monday after checking out of the Mayo Clinic where he was treated for bipolar depression, his office said.

Longtime friend and former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy has been in touch with the congressman is OutFront tonight.

Rep. Jackson may return to work in Washington after months-long absence

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who hasn't been seen on Capitol Hill since late May, hopes to return work Monday after checking out of the Mayo Clinic where he was treated for bipolar depression, his office said.

Monday is the first day back for Congress after summer recess.

Rick Bryant, the chief of staff in Jackson's congressional office, told CNN on Friday that the Illinois Democrat had left the prestigious Minnesota medical facility and was back in the nation's capital.

Asked at the time whether Jackson would be back at work, Bryant said, "We hope."

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