LOS ANGELES – David Wu announced his resignation today after a Tiger suit costume scandal (photos below), admissions of assault during college and a recent allegation of relations with a donor’s daughter. Rep. David Wu said he will resign less than a week after accusations from a 18 year old female against the Congressional leader.
David Wu on Friday was accused publicly of having relations with a 18 year old daughter of a campaign donor. That donor is reportedly also Wu’s childhood friend. The encounter happened last Thanksgiving. The girl called Wu’s office this May leaving a voicemail furious about the encounter. Wu claims it was consensual. Wu says he will resign after the debt crisis is complete.
“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” he said in a news statement today. His announcement followed a joint statement by Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley asking for his resignation.
In 2009 he separated from his wife. In Thanksgiving he allegedly had an aggressive “unwanted … encounter” with the 18 year old female. In February, he sent that infamous picture of himself in Tiger costume suit to his staffers. In May, the 18-year old female called up his staff complaining about the Thanksgiving encounter.
At age 21 Wu was accused of assault against his then girlfriend at college. But in 2004, he admitted the wrongdoing, roughly twenty-eight years later.
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley in a news statement today said “The accusations against David Wu are both jarring and exceptionally serious.” The added “This is a critical time for our state and our nation and Oregonians need every member of their Congressional delegation to be effective. While no one takes pleasure in asking a colleague to resign, we believe he can no longer be an effective representative for our shared constituents and should, in the best interest of Oregon, step down.”
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