Rep. Wu says he’ll quit over sex scandal

July 27th, 2011 by Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., announced yesterday that he would resign from Congress, following allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.

The resignation announcement came in the wake of a report last week that the teenage daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor called the congressman’s office this year to accuse him of an unwanted sexual encounter over Thanksgiving.

Wu, 56, acknowledged the incident to his aides but said it was consensual, The Oregonian of Portland reported.

“I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations,” Wu said in a statement.

It is the third sex scandal to rock the House this year. In June, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., stepped down after a prolonged drama, Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., resigned earlier this year after shirtless photos of himself that he sent to a woman on Craigslist were made public.

The exact date of Wu’s departure remains unclear. Wu said he would step down “upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis.”

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