WASHINGTON (AP) - Oregon Congressman David Wu is becoming the second House Democrat in the last six weeks to have to resign as a result of a sex scandal.
Wu announced today that he'll leave office amid the political
fallout from the allegations of an 18-year-old woman that she had
an unwanted sexual encounter with him.
Last month, New York's Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur) resigned after
sending lewd photos of himself through Twitter.
Wu had said yesterday he would stay in office but not seek
re-election. But in a statement today, he says he's resigning as
soon as the debt-ceiling crisis is resolved. He says he's doing so
for the well-being of his children.
Wu's hometown newspaper, the Oregonian, reported that the woman
decided not to press charges because there were no witnesses. It
also reported that Wu told senior aides that the sexual encounter
Wu separated from his wife more than a year ago. He was elected
to Congress in 1998 as the first Chinese-American to serve in the
Oregon's Democratic governor will set the date for a special
election to replace him.