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Wu talks with Pelosi about sex allegation

PORTLAND — Rep David Wu’s spokesman says the embattled congressman had a telephone conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about a young woman’s reported accusation of an “unwanted sexual encounter.”

Spokesman Erik Dorey would not comment on the substance of the conversation.

The discussion follows a report by the Oregonian that a young woman from California accused the seven-term Democratic congressman of an unwanted sexual encounter in November after his election victory.

The newspaper also reported that Mr. Wu told his senior aides the encounter was consensual.

Calls have been growing for Mr. Wu to address the allegation. There have also been calls for him to resign.


Ex-Democratic Party Chairman Manatt dies

Charles T. Manatt, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and ambassador during the Clinton administration, has died, his law firm said Saturday. He was 75.

Mr. Manatt was party chairman from 1981 to 1985, the first term of Republican Ronald Reagan and a difficult period for Democrats. A longtime California Democrat, Mr. Manatt was credited with building the party’s finances, modernizing it through computerization, direct mail and other initiatives, and building a new headquarters in Washington.

On the eve of the 1984 Democratic convention in San Francisco, presidential nominee Walter Mondale tried to replace Mr. Manatt with Jimmy Carter administration official Bert Lance. Mr. Mondale backed off after an outcry within the party, triggered in part by Mr. Manatt’s positive reputation in the ranks and Mr. Lance’s ties to a banking scandal for which he had been tried and acquitted. Mr. Reagan cruised to an easy victory over Mr. Mondale for a second term.

Mr. Manatt and the party fared better in 1992, when he was co-chairman of Mr. Clinton’s presidential campaign. Mr. Clinton later appointed Mr. Manatt as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, where he served from 1999 to 2001.

From wire dispatches and staff reports