Just as the epilogue of former Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner begins to emerge, another Democrat, Oregon Congressman David Wu, is now accused of sexual wrongdoing by a young woman last November. Mr. Weiner resigned from Congress earlier in June after sending lewd photos to random women on Twitter.
Similar to Mr. Weiner’s first reaction to his own scandal, Mr. Wu denied he did anything wrong. The Oregonian reported (via WaPo):
The Oregonian, citing anonymous sources in the Congressman’s office, said Wu has acknowledged a sexual encounter with the woman but denied that it was unwanted.
Playing out similarly to the Anthony Weiner debacle, reports began leaking that Democrats began urging the Oregon Congressman to resign, to which he has already rejectedand reportedly said he would finish his term and retire from office.
In the meantime, like she did during Rep. Weiner’s scandal, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called for an ethics investigation on Rep. Wu’s actions.: (via Politico)
Democratic insiders said Pelosi and her top lieutenants have made it clear to Wu “that he has no support” from his colleagues or party leaders and that they would like to see him leave the House as soon as possible.
In the meantime, local Oregon politicians on both sides of the aisle are reportedly calling for Congressman Wu to step down from office.
Congressman Wu is no stranger to controversy. His mental stability was questioned earlier this year when he photographed himself in a tiger suit and sent the picture to staffers. He also talked about his drug problems with painkillers back in March of 2011 after the tiger suit photo emerged.