Oregon Congressman Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Posted on Jul 26, 2011
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
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.”
www.house.gov / David Wu