Wu actually exits

posted at 10:50 am on August 4, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In case you didn’t catch Jim Treacher’s commentary yesterday (yes, my writer’s crush continues!), here’s his pitch-perfect paragraph about technically-resigned Congressman David Wu’s (D-Ore.) delayed exit from the august chambers of Congress:

Black and orange stray cat sittin’ on the fence… National Journal reports: “Don’t worry, you didn’t blink and miss it. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., is still a congressman. The embattled Democrat announced last week he would resign following a damaging report that he had an ‘unwanted sexual encounter’ with the teenage daughter of a campaign donor. But Wu said he would only officially leave after a compromise was reached to raise the debt ceiling. On Monday, Wu voted in favor of the House bill. ‘This is a crucial vote. It is likely to be my last vote, and I want to thank the people of Oregon for giving me this, this seat in Congress temporarily, which is the greatest honor that an immigrant child can ever have – or any person in America can ever have,’ Wu said in a video statement on his vote. But he didn’t directly address when he would step down.” He voted yes on the debt deal, huh? So now, on top of everything else, he’s a terrorist. Well, if Weinergate has taught us anything, it’s that you should prolong the misery as long as possible. Hang in there, tiger!

But it turns out the tiger couldn’t hang in there much more than a day. The National Journal today reports that Wu is sticking to his promise, after all:

The congressional career of Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., officially ended at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday night.

The embattled congressman announced last week he would resign in the wake of a damaging report that he had an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a campaign donor. But Wu had qualified that he would remain in Congress through the conclusion of the contentious debt-ceiling debate. But after the House voted on the compromise proposal on Monday, and President Obama officially signed the bill into law on Tuesday, Wu had still not made his exit official, prompting several Democrats, already frustrated with Wu’s long history of erratic behavior, to wonder why the delay.

Wu, however, finally released a statement on Wednesday evening saying he had notified Gov. John Kitzhaber, D-Ore., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, of his resignation, effective just before midnight.

It was oft-repeated throughout the debt ceiling debate and with good reason: Wu was one of the winners in all the gridlock. Least publicized congressional sex scandal ever. But two days after the end of the debate, even his resignation-resignation (following close on the heels of his plain ol’ resignation) begins to look like news again.

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In case you didn’t catch Jim Treacher’s commentary yesterday (yes, my writer’s crush continues!)…

I hear Jim Treacher is gay.

NotCoach on August 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Grrrrrrrrrrreat!!

cartooner on August 4, 2011 at 10:56 AM

So “Tigger” and his wayward paws have left the magic kingdom?

tpitman on August 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Anyone know if Wu-Wu-Wu (nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!) took his tiger suit with him?

pilamaye on August 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Wu Who?

Roy Rogers on August 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Tina, You need to get out and meet new people. Maybe even accept an invitation to The Marine Corps Ball.

meci on August 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Darn, who is next???

tarpon on August 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I hear Jim Treacher is gay.

NotCoach on August 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

No I’m not! (But my husband is.)

So is it confirmed that Kitzhaber and Boehner got Wu’s letter of resignation? Just because he says he sent it doesn’t mean he really did.

Jim Treacher on August 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Rob Cornilles is running on the GOP side – Announced yesterday.

http://www.CornillesForCongress.com

Engelwood on August 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Jim Treacher on August 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

LMAO. Which begs the question, are either of you thinking of going transgender?

TXUS on August 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

So is it confirmed that Kitzhaber and Boehner got Wu’s letter of resignation? Just because he says he sent it doesn’t mean he really did.

Jim Treacher on August 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Yep! Here is Wu’s handwritten letter of resignation to Gov. Kitzhaber.

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61581507?access_key=key-11rmwyameupaw0gkb99j

Engelwood on August 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Did he show up at the Won’s birthday bash in his tiger outfit?

PatriotRider on August 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Tina has not yet been deluged with Marine Corps Ball invites??? WTF, over?

Word of advice Tina: find yourself a nice Gunnery Sergeant to go with. No one does it better than a Gunny.

Roy Rogers on August 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Dammit…..gonna miss the little whack-job….

C’mon Nan…..Hold That Tiger!

Tim_CA on August 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

So is it confirmed that Kitzhaber and Boehner got Wu’s letter of resignation? Just because he says he sent it doesn’t mean he really did.

Jim Treacher

You mean the way Hillary’s questionable contributions to her Senate campaign were “returned”? ;)

honsy on August 4, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Wu Be Gone

faraway on August 4, 2011 at 11:23 AM

He was

EMBATTLED.

po’ guy.

franksalterego on August 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Jim Treacher on August 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Oh, hey Jim! I didn’t see you there! I meant gay as in happy. You know, “That Jim Treacher is an awfully gay fellow. He always brightens up a room.”

NotCoach on August 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

If a picture of a man dressed as a rubbish tiger can’t sink a term what can?

jhffmn on August 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM

No I’m not! (But my husband is.)

Jim Treacher on August 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

So I still have a chance! Hurray! :-D

Mary in LA on August 4, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Just kidding, Jim… unless your husband and my husband really hit it off… ;-)

Mary in LA on August 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM

And Fox News actually identified him as “Rep David Wu (R)” during Greta’s show. I had to rewind it to prove it to myself.

Al in St. Lou on August 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Rob Cornilles is running on the GOP side – Announced yesterday.

http://www.CornillesForCongress.com

Engelwood on August 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Thank you for the update Engelwood!

GOP Candidate Ron Cornilles is holding a Campaign Launch Celebration TONIGHT, Thursday August 4 at 7:00 pm. Here are the details:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146690015413533

And here is a good article on the status of the Special Election race:

Republican Rob Cornilles of Tualatin will announce his intention Thursday morning to run for the 1st Congressional District seat held by embattled incumbent Rep. David Wu.

On Wednesday evening, Gov. John Kitzhaber set a special election to replace Wu for Jan. 31, 2012. A primary election is planned Nov. 8.

Several Democrats have already lined up to challenge Wu in the May 2012 primary, including state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Rep. Brad Witt. State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici of Cedar Mill is considering a run for the post, as is former Democratic state Rep. Greg Macpherson of Southwest Portland.

Two freshman Republican House members from Hillsboro, Katie Eyre Brewer and Shawn Lindsay, both say they’re considering a run. Former GOP candidates John Kuzmanich and Doug Keller are also possible challengers.

Perennial candidate Pavel Goberman of Beaverton has already filed.

http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=131240975665703000

Now that Rep. Wu (D) is gone, let’s focus on helping to achieve a Republican VICTORY in this Special Election.

wren on August 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Now that Rep. Wu (D) is gone, let’s focus on helping to achieve a Republican VICTORY in this Special Election.

wren on August 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Excellent!

“Got Wu(D)?”

;-)

Mary in LA on August 4, 2011 at 2:10 PM