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07-24-2011, 07:44 PM

Wu at center of sex allegation



In this Aug. 17, 2010 photo, Congressman David Wu, D-Ore., speaks during an interview in Portland, Ore. | AP Photo
Calling the episode 'very serious,' Rep. David Wu did not specifically address allegations. | AP Photo Close

Rep. David Wu has been accused of an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a longtime friend, the latest scandal to engulf the troubled Oregon Democrat.

The Oregonian reported that the 56-year-old Wu “acknowledged a sexual encounter to his senior aides but insisted it was consensual,” according to sources aware of the incident.
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The unidentified teenager and her family did not file any criminal complaint over the incident, which apparently took place sometime around last Thanksgiving.

Calling the episode “very serious,” Wu did not specifically address allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward the young woman who is the daughter of a donor.

“This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention or stress to a young woman and her family,” Wu said.

The Oregonian reported the person involved graduated from high school in 2010 but did not mention her age. She and her family declined to speak to the newspaper.

Wu, who is being treated for an unspecified mental health condition, is separated from his wife Michelle and the couple reportedly is seeking a divorce. They have two children.

Wu, who was born in Taiwan is the first Chinese-American elected to Congress and has served in the House since 1999.

This episode is the latest in a long list of troubling incidents for Wu, including a previous allegation of sexual assault lodged against him by a former girlfriend when they were both attending Stanford University in 1976. Wu was not charged with a crime, but he was made to see a counselor and was disciplined by the university.

This incident was reported by The Oregonian shortly before the 2004 elections. Wu admitted to “inexcusable behavior on my part” when confronted about the allegations.

“As a 21-year-old, I hurt someone I cared very much about. I take full responsibility for my actions and I am very sorry,” Wu said in a statement to The Oregonian. “This single event forever changed my life and the person that I have become.”

Shortly before the 2010 elections, Wu began behaving erratically, according to The Oregonian and other news outlets. Wu sent a bizarre picture of himself in a tiger costume to his staffers, and some of them urged him to seek psychiatric help. More than a half dozen staffers and campaign consultants quit as Wu bombarded them with troubling phone calls and emails.

“I freely admit that it was an intense campaign, and I was not always at my best with staff or constituents,” Wu said in a statement to Williamette Week, a Portland newspaper. “For all those moments, I wish I’d been better and I apologize.”

These latest allegations against Wu add to the growing list of sex scandals that have rocked Capitol Hill over the past two years.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) recently resigned from Congress following a national firestorm over lewd photos he sent to women he met over the Internet.

Former Rep. Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.) was caught sending a topless online photo and also resigned. Former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) had an affair with one of his campaign aides, who also happened to be the wife of his deputy chief of staff. Ensign stepped down from office on May 3.

And ex-Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) quickly departed Capitol Hill in March 2010 after POLITICO reported he was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations of sexual harassment of male staffers. The Ethics Committee recently announced that it will continue looking into whether any Democratic lawmakers or staffers knew about those allegations but failed to take action against Massa.

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07-24-2011, 07:47 PM
What is it about Congressmen that they just can't seem to keep their pants zipped up?

07-24-2011, 07:52 PM

07-24-2011, 08:04 PM
Well, it involves sex, so he will step down.

He should have Rangeled instead of Weinered. Rangels get to keep their job after violating company policy, Weiners don't.

07-24-2011, 09:57 PM
Ne says he wont resign...


07-24-2011, 10:26 PM
Ne says he wont resign...


Is that Sergeant Carter from Gomer Pyle?

07-25-2011, 06:38 AM
As a former member of his district...I don't know how he kept getting re-elected anyways (Okay, maybe I do know. It was the big D next to his name). Any replacement is going to be better.

07-25-2011, 11:34 AM
What's with sex and politicians?

Someone ought to write a book titled:
Sex and the Politician: Can't Trust 'Em There Either.

07-25-2011, 11:39 AM
Who among us has NOT dressed up like a tiger on occasion?

07-25-2011, 03:10 PM
I think I'm turning Chinese, I think I'm turning Chinese I really think so...think so...think so...

07-25-2011, 03:13 PM