Congressman David Wu of Oregon did some interesting things right before his re-election in last year’s midterm elections. He allegedly wandered around Oregon like an insane person, for one. Also, it appears he sent his staff e-mails like an insane person, along with photos of him dressing up like some kind of tiger furry
Democratic Rep. David Wu (Ore.) resigned from the House on Tuesday, just days after news broke that Wu had been accused of having an “unwanted sexual encounter” with a teenage girl.
The Taiwanese-born Wu, 56, said he was stepping down to protect his family while he responds to “these very serious allegations.”
“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a United States Congressman. Rare is the nation in which an immigrant child can become a national political figure. I thank God and my parents for the privilege of being an American,” said Wu in a statement released by his office.
“Now, however, the time has come to hand on the privilege of high office. I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”
Wu did not give a date for his departure, saying it will come “upon resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis.”
Wu added: “The wellbeing of my children must come before anything else. With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues.
Wu called it “the only correct decision to avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in Washington. I intend to go forward with new resolve and love of family, the State of Oregon, and our nation.”
Wu does not face any criminal charges related to the incident, which took place over the Thanksgiving weekend in California last year.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had no immediate comment.
Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were about to call on Wu to resign, saying he had lost his ability to represent his constituents due to the growing scandal.
Which means Rep. Wu will linger on for a while and that probably peeves Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Congressional leaders. So, another reason to resolve the debt-limit crisis = get rid of this moron.
Exit question: Will Wu now face criminal chrages?