Wu refuses to resign

posted at 10:40 am on July 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats want to wave good-bye to Rep. David Wu (D-OR) after The Oregonian added allegations of sexual misconduct to his already-impressive track record of oddities.  Wu’s office announced that he would not seek re-election in 2012, but has no intention of leaving any earlier, either:

Embattled Rep. David Wu will not seek reelection in 2012, but he won’t resign from office now despite allegations that the Oregon Democrat had an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a close friend last Thanksgiving.

“He isn’t going to be running for reelection,” a Wu adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told POLITICO late Sunday night. “But he hasn’t done anything that rises to the level of requiring him to resign.”

Nancy Pelosi begs to differ, apparently:

With a defiant Wu staying put, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on the Ethics Committee to investigate the explosive allegations against him.

“I call on the Ethics Committee to initiate an investigation into the allegations against Congressman Wu,” Pelosi said in a statement released after Wu’s decision to stay put. “With deep disappointment and sadness about this situation, I hope that the Ethics Committee will take up this matter.”

But Ann Althouse is not just skeptical that there’s anything to this, she’s critical of the Oregonian’s decision to run the story and not identify the accuser (via Instapundit):

At this point, we hear about “erratic” behavior that doesn’t ostensibly involve sex. What exactly are the “new questions”? This is a cheap and ridiculous article in my view. A woman who is unhappy with her sexual relationship with Wu has called his office but has not called the police, and now we’re supposed to review everything else we know about him in some new context? Is this the way we are to do politics in America now?

Note that the woman who has brought this chaos into Wu’s career is shielded by the newspaper’s policy not to “use the names of victims of sexual assault without their permission.” That’s convenient. I think if you are going to have a policy like that, you should not report at all unless the alleged victim has reported a crime to the police. It’s not fair.

At this point, Glenn Reynolds wonders whether Pelosi wants Wu out of the way to run a stronger (translation: less weird) candidate for 2012.  That doesn’t make much sense as an explanation, though.  Democrats probably have more to lose from a special election in OR-01 than to gain.  The district is D+8 in the Cook index, which makes it a safer district for Democrats than Anthony Weiner’s seat in NY-09 (D+5).  Special election turnouts can be unpleasantly surprising, though, especially in the wake of scandal — and it might just put a Republican in that seat as an incumbent for 2012.

In terms of electoral advantage, Democrats are probably better off having Wu remain in the seat, as long as Democrats keep him at arm’s length.  That would explain the ethics probe; it allows Democrats to disown Wu for the next fifteen months, a period of time likely too short for an Ethics probe to finish anyway.  They will have enough time to find a more reliable (translation: less embarrassing) candidate for 2012 and be able to rely on normal turnout patterns in a scheduled election to hold the seat.


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If you can’t Wu her…

artist on July 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Shouldn’t he be lawyering up to try to stay out of prison?

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Here I thought for sure you’d run the tiger picture. Saving it for the glorious return of AP?

KingGold on July 25, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Not rape, not sexual assault:

“unwanted sexual encounter”

artist on July 25, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The Wu Wu Kid.

kingsjester on July 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Swamp people

BallisticBob on July 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

First, the Democrats had to contend with Weiner! Now they have to deal with WOO-WOO-Wu!

Excuse me while I BWAH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I’m having writer’s block: wanted to include weiner and wu in the same pithy sentence.

Dingbat63 on July 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

They ought to make him wear that stupid tiger outfit of his 24/7/365 until he decides to resign.

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Yeah, that adamant position worked out so well for Ant-ny Weiner. The pressure can be really, really … weighty.

ExpressoBold on July 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

He has to get his one term in for a pension for life!

Wu Hoo!

golfmann on July 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Dingbat63 on July 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

He’ll Wu the day he pulled his Weiner out. Will that do, Dingbat63?

NaCly dog on July 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Exactly what Oregon deserves, they wanted him, they got him…

right2bright on July 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

golfmann on July 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

He’s got to secure that wonderful Congressional retirement…after all, it is not our money, right? And what’s the poor guy gonna do for a job? Who’s gonna hire him? /

coldwarrior on July 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Shouldn’t he be lawyering up to try to stay out of prison?

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM

On what charges? Sounds like the police haven’t been involved at all up to this point.

JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I think this guy’s got some serious mental illness. He’s completely unstable and irritates his staffers, who can’t seem to quit fast enough.

I posit that he’s gone by the end of the year.

KingGold on July 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Wuuuuuu are you….wu wu wah wu wu…I really gotta know

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Democrats will Wu the day he didnt resign. In 2012, His presence will turn that state Republican, even if he is not on the ticket.

swamp_yankee on July 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Wu let his dong out!
Wu! Wu! Wu! Wu!

Wu let his dong out!
Wu! Wu! Wu! Wu!

Left Coast Right Mind on July 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Wu Tang Clan

SouthernGent on July 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM

This whole pitiful story is turning into a real Wudunnit.

TXUS on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I’m with Ann Althouse on this one….

I also don’t think there’s anything to this story….until and if the woman actually calls the police. Sounds like a jilted lover to me. Not buying it…even if the guy is creepy as all get out.

bridgetown on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

He will probably now claim he was merely demonstrating TSA procedures.

If he stays in Congress then he probably can count on sleazy Eric Holder to help intimidate any potential witnesses.

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Democrats will Wu the day he didnt resign. In 2012, His presence will turn that state Republican, even if he is not on the ticket.

swamp_yankee on July 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

You know we’re talking about Oregon, right? The other state that elected a burned-out retread Democrat as governor over a successful businessperson in 2010?

KingGold on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Unlike Palin, he’s not a Quitter.

/

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

This is a Democrat from the insanely liberal Portland area. The Oregonian reporting on this is less than abysmal and Wu is about as safe a insane person can get in Congress, except maybe Pelosi.
Frankly, imo, this goes back to when all of his staffers resigned last winter. Why on earth did the reporting just stop with the fact that they all left him? Because there is zero true journalism if you are a Democrat, and even less if you’re a lib. I also think that his bizarre behavior is condoned by the lack of attention.
This guy is not resigning. Why should he? He is just another scumball from the liberal cesspool of Portland. “Keep Portland Wierd” is not just a slogan.

ORconservative on July 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM

This guy pushed and pushed and pushed for emission standards, electric cars, cap and trade, etc., but drives an SUV (not a hybrid one either) around Portland.

A real piece of work. But people in Oregon just look for the D. They could care less about the character, integrity, or sanity of the candidate, just as long as the Democrats put him/her on the ballot.

PastorJon on July 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I don’t know if I would go as far as wanting this girl’s name in the public but I have to question the timing. The incident took place in November and the voice mail this spring? This guy is a whackadoddle but I if we start letting the press, with nothing but anonymous sources, run this guy out of town, our side is going to be in BIG trouble. MSM has a vested interest in destroying our guys.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Pelosi is racist and doesn’t like Chinese-Americans

faraway on July 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Why are you summoning those who need to be ignored?

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Yeah a new wiener to kick. Thanks Nanny.

tarpon on July 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Hey Moe! WU-WU-WU!

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Weather Underground?

faraway on July 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

If he doesn’t resign, I say they try to tie Tigger to whomever the new candidate is because the party establishment didn’t expel his crazy butt.

teke184 on July 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM

The wheels on the bus go round and round. How do they look from beneath the bus, Doctor Wu?

either orr on July 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

“Allegation of assault on woman in 1970s in college shadow U.S. Rep. David Wu

This is an actual headline from an article in The Oregonian in October, 2004, on the eve of his reelection to a fourth term in Congress.

From the article:

David Wu, future Oregon congressman, and the woman later dated in their junior year. But that spring, in 1976, she broke things off. A few months later, an encounter occurred that neither wants to discuss.

That summer, the 21-year-old Wu was brought to the campus police annex after his ex-girlfriend said he tried to force her to have sex, according to Raoul K. Niemeyer, then a patrol commander who questioned him.

Wu had scratches on his face and neck, and his T-shirt was stretched out of shape, Niemeyer said.

Earlier, someone had interrupted a scuffle in the woman’s dorm room. A Stanford professor said the woman told him the next day that Wu had angrily attacked her. An assistant dean who counseled the woman for two months said that the woman called it attempted rape and that Wu used a pillow to muffle her screams.

Wu told police that what happened was consensual. “He said, ‘We just, I was with my girlfriend, and we just got a little carried away,’ ” Niemeyer remembered. After that, he said, Wu “clammed up.”

The woman declined to press charges. However, this episode has apparently been well known for a long while…”

http://www.redstate.com/lt1800/2011/02/20/the-curious-case-of-david-wu/

Viator on July 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Congress is full of crooks, perverts, Socialists, and all manner of incompetent buffoons. This guy is just crazy so he might as well stay.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Look, come on you clingers. Bill Clinton did the same things and look out how great he turned out.

faraway on July 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Did anyone genuinely expect he would pass up the opportunity to pay his defense on the taxpayer dime ?

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

He’s an embarrassment .
The media is going to have to start accidentally-on-purpose identifying him as a Republican again.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Dr. Wu has been doing some crazy sheet for some time now

This is just the icing on the cake

Sonosam on July 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Any story about this guy should include that pic of him in the tiger suit.

blue13326 on July 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Shouldn’t Republicans be putting pressure on the Dems to MAKE him step down? Because of, you know, the advantage that a Special election would give the Republicans? Why do the R’s never fight anything?

holygoat on July 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

A democrat refusing to resign after being caught in a sex scandal? Say it’s not so!
/s

rmgraha on July 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

i’d bet there’s a large contingent of fellow furries in his district ( not to mention that oregon probably has more furries per capita than any other state). those furries stick together.

every mention of him indeed should be accompanied with the tiger suit picture.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=furries

mittens on July 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

I thought Nancy was going to drain the swamp.

GarandFan on July 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

holygoat on July 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

From what I understand there is ZERO chance that a Republican would pick up the seat.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Any story about this guy should include that pic of him in the tiger suit.

blue13326 on July 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Al Gore famously said “A tiger can’t change its spots” or was it “A leopard can’t change its stripes” ?

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Wu was on first…. but stole home.

ultracon on July 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Just because there are lowlifes, perverts and criminal scum in Congress is no reason to accept it as inevitable. We elected these people. Are we not responsible for the effects of our votes? We cannot be so jaded as to shrug our shoulders and say “Oh well”. It is this attitude that will ultimately keep Obama in office to complete his “fundamental transformation” of the US. Remember, all that evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Don’t be the good man who does nothing.

SKYFOX on July 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM

From what I understand there is ZERO chance that a Republican would pick up the seat.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM

There will definitely be zero chance if the R’s just sit back and do nothing. I hate this idea of inevitability that causes us to simply accept whatever the Dems choose to do regards to criminals in their own party without any fight whatsoever.

I envy the fight that Democrats bring to EVERY battle, regardless of their chances to win. They fight, and they fight dirty, because they fight to WIN. Republicans just sit back and take it even when the Dems give them ammunition.

holygoat on July 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Wu!…. Shoo pork!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

They will have enough time to find a more reliable (translation: less embarrassing) candidate for 2012 and be able to rely on normal turnout patterns in a scheduled election to hold the seat.

They’re just not that into Wu…

prolly said before…

ted c on July 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

So… we shouldn’t expect publication of his test results from the VD clinic ??

/.

CaveatEmpty on July 25, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Nancy needs to call RotoRooter.The drain at the swamp is clogged up.

docflash on July 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Biden: Nancy says somebody is in trouble.

Barry: Yeah, Wu.

Biden: That’s what I want to know. Who’s in trouble?

Barry: Yep, Wu’s in trouble.

Biden: Who is who and what did who do?

Barry: Wu did a sex thing.

Biden: Who? I thought Weiner did the sex thing. Who are we talking about?

Barry: Yeh, Wu. We’re talking about Wu.

Biden: Who is who? You know, this is a big f**king deal.

Yoop on July 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Wu won’t weave.

Moesart on July 25, 2011 at 2:07 PM

holygoat on July 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Don’t worry, I am sure the Republicans will run a fine candidate against the Democrat. I’m not giving up but when the constituents seem to embrace crazy I will admit to being less than optimistic.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I do not think that tainted reps should resign unless they have committed a felony or impeachable offense. I like the idea of stating that they will not run again; this would save the hassle of special elections. There is something to be said for pols who are not dependent on their party for reelection support.

Laurence on July 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

I think the term “teenager” demands more specificity in this case. If she’s underage, it doesn’t matter if she calls the police or not, it should be a police matter. If she’s an adult, she needs to file criminal charges to be taken seriously on this.

Either way, Wu has been exposed as a Democrat possessing horrible judgement. Sorry for being redundant.

Freelancer on July 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Well, this is what happens when you mix powered rhino horn and deer penis together. Bad mojo, man. Bad mojo.

madmonkphotog on July 25, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Gee, what’s his party affiliation? I notice that Pelosi’s is mentioned, but nothing about Wu. Could the writer of this story be trying to make people think Pelosi (D) wants to instigate an ethics complaint against a fellow (D)? No, I didn’t think so either. The writer wants people to think Pelosi is going after an (R).

runawayyyy on July 26, 2011 at 2:09 PM