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Feb272011

Tiger Suit Won't Make Oregon Congressman Quit

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Oregon Representative David Wu, who has been embroiled in controversy over leaked e-mails sent to staff that included a photo of him wearing a tiger suit, says he has no plans to resign from his seat in Congress.

State Republican Party Chairman Allen Alley and two newspapers have called on Wu to resign, while seven of the congressman's staffers, including his chief of staff, have resigned.

"The people of Oregon have selected me to do a job and I'm going to do it," Wu tells ABC News affiliate KATU-TV in Portland.

In the interview, Wu acknowledged that some of his behavior was erratic and odd during his re-election campaign. He said he is undergoing mental health treatment and is taking medication.

"I want to make it a little bit easier for those who want help or need help to appropriately get it and to not be ashamed of it and to be able to talk about it," Wu told KATU-TV when asked why he spoke on the matter to ABC’s Good Morning America.

Wu said that the low point with his personal issues came with the death of his father in October, at the height of the seven-term congressman's re-election campaign.

Wu said the photos were taken while he was "joshing around" with his children late at night in October just before Halloween, after they had flown in from Washington, D.C. In the interview with KATU he apologized again for sending them, saying it was inappropriate.

Earlier this week, Wu told The Oregonian that he took prescription painkiller from a campaign donor back in October, which led to his erratic behavior.

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