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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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Sunday
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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