The embattled Congressman David Wu, Oregon Democrat, announced via a statement from his office on Tuesday he would resign from Congress after the debt ceiling crisis was resolved. Mr. Wu is accused by a daughter of a long time donor for making un-wanted sexual advances towards her. In Rep. Wu’s statement he said:
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.
The wellbeing of my children must come before anything else. With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues.
The Washington Times approached Mr. Wu on Wednesday and asked why he simply does not resign immediately before the debt ceiling vote if the wellbeing of his children “must come before anything else.” Mr. Wu remained elusive and his non-response gives clear insight as to how much every vote counts during the debt ceiling fight on Capitol Hill. Is it possible the Democratic leadership asked him to stay until his vote on the debt ceiling was cast?
Another interesting note. A number of reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday wondered whether or not Rep. Wu made an appearance on the House floor Tuesday evening when the official photo of all the House members for the 112th Congress was taken. Some members said they did not see him, but no reports were confirmed one way or another. Mr. Wu’s office never returned with a response.