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Thursday
Aug042011

Congressman David Wu Resigns

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON – Congressman David Wu has released a statement confirming his decision to resign, effective August 3 at 11:59 p.m.

The statement was released after notifying Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and House Speaker John Boehner of his decision.

He says that “serving as a U.S. Congressman has been the greatest honor of my life,”  but goes on to say that “however great the honor and engaging the work, there comes a time to hand on the privilege of elected office—and that time has come.”

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Tuesday
Jul262011

Rep. David Wu Resigns amid Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Congressman David Wu, D-Ore., is resigning his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives following an accusation of sexual misconduct with a young woman.

On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for an ethics investigation into the accusations that the congressman actively engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with a donor’s daughter.

"The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office," Wu said Tuesday in announcing his resignation. "I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”

Earlier this year, Wu, a father of two, admitted to sending late-night emails to staffers, including one with a photo of himself dressed in a tiger costume.

“I did some things, I said some things which I sincerely regret now,” the congressman told ABC News in February. “And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help.”

On Tuesday, Wu said 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.”

Wu told ABC News earlier this year that he was being treated with medication and counseling after his staffers staged an “intervention.”

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Tuesday
Feb222011

Rep. David Wu Tells ABC News: I Sent Emails, Sought Treatment

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In his first network interview since reports that his staff pushed him to get psychiatric help just before the November election, Oregon Congressman David Wu admitted he sent “unprofessional” emails to his staff, including a photo of himself in a tiger costume.

“Last October was not a good month, it was very stressful. I did some things, I said some things which I sincerely regret now. And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help, I got the help I needed then. I am continuing to consult medical help as I need it and I’m in a good place now,” Wu told ABC News.

Wu said he’s being treated now with medication and counseling after the “intervention” staged by his staffers. The Oregonian has reported that some of the staff had tried to find out if there was a psychiatric hospital ward that would admit Congressman Wu.

“I don’t know what they were seeking,” Wu said. “We had several meetings, we had a lot of meetings in a campaign and…campaigns are very, very stressful.”

“I saw appropriate medical help at the time and I am continuing to do that,” he said.

Wu, a father of two, admitted to sending odd emails to staffers in the middle of the night, including a photo of himself dressed up like a tiger, despite warnings that a Halloween costume could do damage to his campaign.

“It was unprofessional, inappropriate," Wu said.

At least six staffers have left Wu’s office. But despite his string of odd behavior the congressman said he is fit to serve and hopes that going public will help others seek the help they need.

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