Oregon Congressman David Wu Resigns Amidst “Unwanted” Sex Allegations
by Evette Brown
Pending an ethics investigation, the seven-term congressman throws in the ballot.
Another politician kisses Capitol Hill goodbye amidst controversial allegations. Taiwan-born congressman, David Wu, has announced that he will be resigning from his position after the 18-year-old daughter of his friend and political supporter accused him of having “aggressive and unwanted” sex with her.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the Oregon Democrat elected to resign after reports surfaced over the weekend about the incident that is rumored to have occurred in November of 2010.
After his conversation with House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democratic leaders this past weekend, a House Ethics investigation was launched to discover exactly what occurred between Wu and his accuser.
Though Congressman Wu has not denied that there was a sexual relationship between him and the teen, he has firmly maintained the position that the incident was consensual. However, after the ethics investigation was initiated, Wu was placed under intense scrutiny by his peers and the voters who re-elected him in 2004, even after allegations surfaced that he forced a former girlfriend into an uncomfortable sexual situation. His decision to resign was reinforced by both of Oregon’s two democratic senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Both senators called for his immediate resignation from his position.
“The accusations against David Wu are jarring and exceptionally serious. While he – like every American – deserves an opportunity to address those accusations and defend himself, our constituents in the first district of Oregon deserve a member in the House of Representatives whose main focus is fighting for their interests,” the senators said in a statement.
“The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office,” Wu said in a statement. “I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”
Though Wu is still maintaining that the relationship was consensual, he issued a statement this afternoon citing a need to provide security for his family during these allegations as his reason for resigning.
Once Wu’s resignation is official and his seat is vacated, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will call a special election to replace him.