Breaking: Wu to resign after debt-ceiling vote

posted at 12:54 pm on July 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It seems that David Wu didn’t need much convincing to move his tiger tail into retirement:

“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a United States Congressman. Rare is the nation in which an immigrant child can become a national political figure. I thank God and my parents for the privilege of being an American,” Wu said in a statement.

“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.

He’s not going away immediately, however:

But Wu added he will remain in office through the ongoing debt limit negotiations.

“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,” said Wu. “This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues. It is also the only correct decision to avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in Washington.

Why bother?  A debt-ceiling vote in the House is not likely to be a close-run affair regardless of which version gets a floor vote.  There is an outside chance that a single vote could carry the day, but it’s exceedingly small.  By the same reasoning, Wu could argue that bailing out on his district will prevent those voters from having representation on another several months of critical votes, some of which may be close than the vote will be on this issue.

This is apparently the outcome most desired by House Democratic leadership, but it’s hard to understand why.  Wu’s district (OR-01) is a safe Democratic hold in regular elections, with a D+8 advantage in the Cook index.  It’s not even clear that Wu would have lost a re-election bid in 2012, but even a non-incumbent Democrat should have held that seat with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.  Now Oregon will have to call a special election to fill out the remainder of Wu’s term, and a Republican could take advantage of the oddities of special-election turnouts to grab the seat.  It’s not likely to happen, but the odds are better than in the next election.

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Wu?

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Some pretty big D names threatened to go after him.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM

RRRRWAAAWWRRRR!

Good Lt on July 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Wu who!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Say it ain’t Wu!

patriette on July 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I’m going to miss him. Always something new each day.

a capella on July 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Wu won’t weave?

I guess he will.

Moesart on July 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Shouldn’t he go to prison???

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Breaking: Wu to resign after debt-ceiling vote

Bu-hu said Wu.

rukiddingme on July 26, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Really gonna miss ya tiger!!!

Tim_CA on July 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Here we go again.

Dem resigns.
Republicans start dreaming big dreams of winning an unwinnable seat.
A poll will come out in a few weeks showing the Rep within 6%.
Desperate pleas for money will go out from the RNC.
Lots of people will be duped into sending RNC money.
Actual vote will be Dem 61, Rep 35.

angryed on July 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM

They must know something so bad that they would actually waste resources on a special election.

rob verdi on July 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM

“I want to be sure that I vote to bankrupt my children even more than they currently are before I resign!”

search4truth on July 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hornball.

Dem to resign for aggressively pitching Wu to teenager.

Chickyraptor on July 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Shouldn’t he go to prison???

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Oregon Liberals never go to Prison. Look up Governor Neil Goldschmidt & his sexual relationship with his 13 year old babysitter.

portlandon on July 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

It’s not even clear that Wu would have lost a re-election bid in 2012

I tend to agree that democrats enjoy electing sexual predators.

lorien1973 on July 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Oregon Liberals never go to Prison. Look up Governor Neil Goldschmidt & his sexual relationship with his 13 year old babysitter.

portlandon on July 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

What is the age of consent in Oregon?

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Not to worry, he’ll change his mind next week.

GarandFan on July 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Woo Wu!! Woo Wu!!

flytier on July 26, 2011 at 1:03 PM

angryed on July 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM

didn’t I read that this was a highly competetive district?

(still wouldn’t give a dime to the RNC – contribute directly only)

Tim_CA on July 26, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I thought Wu was on first.

faraway on July 26, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Ric Flair: “WUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!”

Doughboy on July 26, 2011 at 1:04 PM

I tend to agree that democrats enjoy electing sexual predators.

lorien1973 on July 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

They prefer your wallets.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Shouldn’t he go to prison???

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2011 at 12:58 PM

He should after we had to view that pic of him under the thread title! Wow!!!

capejasmine on July 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM

“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,” said Wu.

“The well-being of my children must come before anything else…well, except the democrat party, and my president’s re-election chances, and figuring out how to stay out of jail, and making sure I’m taken care of, and…, and…m and… Well, ok, but my kids are still pretty high on the list right?”

Look, if resigning is the right thing to do to protect your family, it’s the right thing to do. You can’t put preconditions on it.

Trafalgar on July 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Damn Wu puns.

Abby Adams on July 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM

RRRRWAAAWWRRRR!

Good Lt on July 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Ha!

Weight of Glory on July 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM

What is the age of consent in Oregon?

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

16

Trafalgar on July 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM

didn’t I read that this was a highly competetive district?

(still wouldn’t give a dime to the RNC – contribute directly only)

Tim_CA on July 26, 2011 at 1:03 PM

2006: 63-33 Dem
2008: 73% Dem, (no GOP candidate)
2010: 55-42 Dem

Competitive? Not even close.

angryed on July 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Is this proof a tiger can’t change it’s stripes?

Trafalgar on July 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Seems to me, his predatory, and sexual needs even came before his children.

capejasmine on July 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I guess it’s not the Year of the Tiger.

faraway on July 26, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Brown passed Dream Act.

Alabama school superintendent laments immigration law. Stfu and educate instead of pontificate. It’s all about the lambs on the plantation, money and power. May they all be stricken from their high posts for their charlatanry. That includes Brown.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Tiggerific news!

di butler on July 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Whenever I read about Wu, I think of Ric Flair.

Weight of Glory on July 26, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Wu runs?

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2011 at 1:12 PM

No more Wu for you…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

16

Trafalgar on July 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Thank you. I only asked because I can’t believe even a liberal douche bag can get away with something like this. It turns out though the truth did not come out until the statute of limitations was up on the offense. He admitted to it in 2004 and the contact occurred in the 1970′s.

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Wu Who?

LegendHasIt on July 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Its so sad that Wu is fluing the chicken cuup.He weally should wang around a wittle wonger and see how the drice wroll.

BruceB on July 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

The welfare of the kids and family come first. Well ok they come second to a vote on the debt limit, but immediately after that they come first.

Bishop on July 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

“The wellbeing of my children must come before anything else.

well, except for other people’s teenagers.

cartooner on July 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Tip a canoe and Tiger too.

faraway on July 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Wu who!
Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Crud, I hate that (plagarisim, unintended). Teach me to read the comments first. Sorery Doc. GMTA

LegendHasIt on July 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM

He’s going?

That’s Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrate!

DrAllecon on July 26, 2011 at 1:19 PM

He has to announce his resignation so they don’t subpoena his twitter account.

pedestrian on July 26, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Wu & Wiener coming to your child’s birthday, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16- soon.

We are not responsible for inappropriate interaction with attendees at events.Parental supervision is not encouraged, as intimacy with attendees is preferred.

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter ;), and add :) us on facebook. – WW

aebloo on July 26, 2011 at 1:26 PM

He has to announce his resignation so they don’t subpoena his twitter account.

pedestrian on July 26, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Unlike Weiner, Wu may have committed a crime. If authorities choose to pursue the matter his resignation will have no bearing on subpoenas.

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Thank you. I only asked because I can’t believe even a liberal douche bag can get away with something like this. It turns out though the truth did not come out until the statute of limitations was up on the offense. He admitted to it in 2004 and the contact occurred in the 1970′s.

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Well no actually. That was an old case where he tried coercing an ex-girlfriend into having sexual relations with him after they broke up. The current case involves a 2010 high school grad and the alleged unwanted sexual encounter occured at Thanksgiving 2010

Trafalgar on July 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

OT, but I was just wondering why we haven’t had an Obligatory Glenn Beck Compares Norwegian Shooting Victims to Hitler Youth post? Or did I miss it?

Sharke on July 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Put him in the Anthony Weiner Center for Perverted Democrats.

MeatHeadinCA on July 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Leave it to a democrat to F#$k up the image of the Great Tigger.

Reminds me of when this democrat was screwing it up for clowns:

http://www.kindofcreepy.com/2011/02/04/creepy-john-wayne-gacy-clown-picture/

(via drudge)
o/t: Obama’s Cloward-Piven:

Markets
Obama to Banks: We’re Not Defaulting
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/07/25/obama-to-banks-were-not-defaulting/

While officials from the Obama Administration raised their rhetoric over the weekend about the possibility of a debt default if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, they privately have been telling top executives at major U.S. banks that such an event won’t happen, FOX Business has learned.

..this is absolutely the most corrupt administration this nation has ever seen.

Baxter Greene on July 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

MeatHeadinCA on July 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM

That place is filling up fast

odat on July 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Tiger changed his name to Cheetah.

Wu ain’t no tiger II

seven on July 26, 2011 at 1:34 PM

After the debt vote? I can just hear Granny McBotox now: “We need all of our child molesters, tax evaders, bribe takers, and pants droppers — now! Everyone on the floor to vote! You can post bail afterward!”

How much must it suck to be a democrat these days?

Rational Thought on July 26, 2011 at 1:34 PM

OT, but I was just wondering why we haven’t had an Obligatory Glenn Beck Compares Norwegian Shooting Victims to Hitler Youth post? Or did I miss it?

Sharke on July 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

To busy watching liberals blame the Norway massacre on Palin….
………….she says the word “reload” and all he!! breaks loose.

Baxter Greene on July 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM

That place is filling up fast

odat on July 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Helen Thomas to be put in charge soon – roar

MeatHeadinCA on July 26, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The Oregonian ran an editorial today saying that Wu should resign.
I guess when you’ve lost the liberal rag you throw in the towel. Trust me, nothing will happen to Wu. It’s all good in Portlandia as long as you’re a Dem.

ORconservative on July 26, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Unlike Weiner, Wu may have committed a crime. If authorities choose to pursue the matter his resignation will have no bearing on subpoenas.

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I was being facetious, but if he tries to fight this, both sides will probably go after any and all evidence to destroy the other’s character.

pedestrian on July 26, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I intend to resign on the termination of the debt ceiling crisis. That, and I’ve got a hot new page that is starting to develop so I need a little time to work on that.

Ted Torgerson on July 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Sorry, Tigger… Its time for you to go away…

Repubs: don’t waste your time or money running for that seat… You’d have a better chance of pumping your own gas in the People’s Republic of Oregon…

Khun Joe on July 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Well no actually. That was an old case where he tried coercing an ex-girlfriend into having sexual relations with him after they broke up. The current case involves a 2010 high school grad and the alleged unwanted sexual encounter occured at Thanksgiving 2010

Trafalgar on July 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I was referring to Neil Goldschmidt.

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM

There should be a law that says you forfeit your Congress pension, or at least part of it, if you resign for any reason besides personal matters.

Moesart on July 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Pedophiles in Congress – “They’re GRRRRRRRRREAT”

NumberTwo on July 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM

this dude is creepy..i’d check his basement.

DrW on July 26, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Boo Hoo for Wu.

vcferlita on July 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Wu scwuud the pooch.

docflash on July 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Repubs: don’t waste your time or money running for that seat… You’d have a better chance of pumping your own gas in the People’s Republic of Oregon…

Khun Joe on July 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Don’t give up on Oregon yet!

As of the November 2010 election, Rep. Wu’s 1st Congressional district had:

127,688 registered Republicans
179,472 registered Democrats
91,712 registered as NAV
21,802 registered as Other
http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/doc/history/nov22010/g2010stats.pdf

Rep. Wu did defeat his Republican challenger in November 2010, but it looks like the Republican gave him a pretty good fight.

Rep. David Wu (D) 160,357 votes

Rob Cornilles (R) 122,858 votes
http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/doc/history/nov22010/results/rc.pdf

Special Elections can produce all sorts of unexpected results since the voter turnouts are generally low. Add a sex scandal, a prolonged recession, an active Tea Party movement, whatever mistakes the Democrats might make, and the growing power of the internet to that equation and this could be the best chance in a long time to actually defeat a Democrat in Portland. And wouldn’t that send a chilling message to the Democrat party?

Even if the Republican candidate doesn’t win the election, their campaign can help to build a stonger foundation for future campaigns for themselves or other Republican candidates.

At the very least, having a viable Republican candidate would keep the Democrats on the hot seat by providing a platform for the Republican to explain in the media why people should never ever vote for Democrats.

The Democrats already have candidates who are interested in running for this Congressional seat.

Who will step up to represent the Republican Party in this race?

wren on July 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Competitive? Not even close.

angryed on July 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Thanks….don’t know why I had that in my head especially in OR?

Regardless….swore after the ’08 rino-thon, that I’d never give another dime to the RNC (I know just contribute directly).

Tim_CA on July 26, 2011 at 1:56 PM

this dude is creepy..i’d check his basement.

DrW on July 26, 2011 at 1:46 PM

LMAO.

(seriously though – someone should)

Tim_CA on July 26, 2011 at 1:58 PM

This is the Tuesday Surprise the Democrats had in waiting to deflect Democrat Media Attention away from where it really belongs, namely today’s explosive Issa hearing on Fast and Furious.

Brilliantly executed and perfectly timed.

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2011 at 2:13 PM

One more crazy Dem more or less is unlikely to make a difference.

mojo on July 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM

What is the age of consent in Oregon?

7 (if you’re a liberal).

MaiDee on July 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Tigger sez, “Wu hoo hoo hoo!!”

crazy_legs on July 26, 2011 at 2:28 PM

‘(Don’t) Hold that Tiger’.
Thanks sooo much, Ed.
///
Now I’m gonna have a Les Paul & Mary Ford mindworm for the rest of the day.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 26, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Is that the photograph of a grown man? My land, please go away now.

DrMagnolias on July 26, 2011 at 3:12 PM

This guy seriously needs to be fitted for a strait jacket!

pilamaye on July 26, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Wu learns the hard way that there are people you shouldn’t bounce!

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

If it’s proven that a crime was committed, he should be tried, convicted and that tiger suit be his prison uniform.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

If it’s proven that a crime was committed, he should be tried, convicted and that tiger suit be his prison uniform.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

That would give the song, “Hold That Tiger” new and quite disturbing meaning.

NotCoach on July 26, 2011 at 4:34 PM

There should be a law that says you forfeit your Congress pension, or at least part of it, if you resign for any reason besides personal matters.

Moesart on July 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Wouldn’t matter in this case. A for a democrat, all sexual perversions are considered “personal matters”. Remember clinton?

runawayyyy on July 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM

That’s Grrrrreeeeeaaaaatttt news…

right2bright on July 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM

so nancy is willing to throw the Furry and the Rapist/Degenerate voting blocks under the bus now ? hmmm.

mittens on July 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

We need to run “a democrat” who will vote present or in are favor when its close, but be fiercely partisan the rest of the time. A dirty job, but it is for the good of the nation.

Slowburn on July 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM

RRRRWAAAWWRRRR!

Good Lt on July 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

lol

hawkdriver on July 26, 2011 at 8:29 PM

BTW, remember that the media’s assertion that the Republican controlled Congress was a “Culture of Corruption” was their claim that GOP leaders knew about and were hiding Foley’s behavior. It sounds like everyone knew Wu was nuts and demonstrated very erratic and immoral behavior.

Media?

Right!

hawkdriver on July 26, 2011 at 8:33 PM