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Oregon Congressman Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

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Posted on Jul 26, 2011
www.house.gov / David Wu

Facing a House ethics investigation into allegations that he had a non-consensual sexual encounter with a teenage girl, U.S. Rep. David Wu, an Oregon Democrat, announced his resignation Tuesday and said he would leave office once the debt ceiling impasse had ended.

Wu, a Congress member since 1999, was the first Chinese-American to serve in the House.

Allegations surfaced Friday that Wu had had a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old girl said to be the daughter of a childhood friend. Wu did not deny the encounter but said it was consensual and that he hadn’t done anything “illegal.” —BF

The Oregonian:

Rep. David Wu announced his resignation from Congress today, moments after U.S. senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden called for his resignation.

The Democrat said in a statement that he would leave office after Congress resolves the debt ceiling crisis.

“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.”

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By constituent, July 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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I’m a voter/constituent in Wu’s district.  I do wonder how and why it is that someone should be forced to resign because someone somewhere alleges something.  Doesn’t that produce government by innuendo?

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By mackTN, July 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

I’m troubled that once again a Democrat has been forced to resign over unproven
allegations that apparently are not even criminal.  What is an unwanted sexual
encounter anyway?  Did he ask her to have sex?  Did he touch her? Did he ogle
her?  What did Wu do that has traumatized this young lady since Thanksgiving?

I’m not excusing sexual predators, but shouldn’t there be more than an allegation
to get someone to resign?  I guess if Wu had simply stuck to prostitutes like Vitter,
he’d be okay.

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By screamingpalm, July 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment

He’s no DeFazio unfortunately. I wonder if we can get a Green in there to replace him. Probably not, the Democrats aren’t close to being contested here. That’s probably why we end up with lesser quality “filler” candidates like Wu.

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By blogdog, July 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

it’s a cursed seat - the same once filled by the disgraced Bob Packwood - that
constituency is destined to perpetually elect the same type - they can’t not do it

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By zonth_zonth, July 27, 2011 at 1:51 am Link to this comment

It is with great sadness that….
I hereby announce to you, my fellow americans that I am no more or less a pile of shit representing you the people.

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