Rep. David Wu of Oregon resigns following sex scandal

Democratic Congressman David Wu of Oregon already suffered ridicule after photos surfaced of him wearing a tiger costume and sending weird emails to staffers.

Now the congressman is resigning, after the Oregonian newspaper exposed an unwanted sexual encounter with a teenage girl.

The Congressman initially refused to resign although he said he wouldn't seek reelection. Wu admitted that the incident with the teenage girl had occurred but insisted that he had not “done nothing illegal,” and would eventually “be vindicated.”

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi publicly called for an ethics investigation into the matter yesterday.

“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a United States Congressman. Rare is the nation in which an immigrant child can become a national political figure. I thank God and my parents for the privilege of being an American,” said Wu in a statement. “Now, however, the time has come to hand on the privilege of high office. I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”

 

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