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CHICAGO — Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he’s a “public servant” not a “perfect servant.”

The Democrat tells The Associated Press that even as he’s been dogged by links to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and questions about his relationship with a female “social acquaintance,” he’s never deviated from his mission of bringing jobs to his Chicago area district.

Jackson says he carries the burden of his “personal shortcomings” even as he tries to help others.

The Democrat spoke after delivering a rousing Christmas message Saturday to hundreds of detainees at Cook County Boot Camp with his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

It was a rare public address for the congressman, who has repeatedly denied interviews since allegations surfaced that Blagojevich may have offered to sell him a Senate appointment.

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