Rep. Wu to resign

It doesn't appear to have been one thing that convinced Representative David Wu (D-OR) to give up his seat after the debt limit fight was over. Rather, it was the cumulative effect of pressure from his colleagues and folks back home that finally convinced him he should leave immediately instead of waiting until the end of his term.

The New York Times:

Pressure mounted Monday for Mr. Wu to resign; he said he would not seek re-election but would remain in office until the end of his term. Then, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California and the House minority leader, called for an ethics investigation into the accusations.

And on Tuesday, Oregon's two senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, called on Mr. Wu to step down immediately. In a statement, they described the accusations against him as "both jarring and exceptionally serious" and said Mr. Wu had lost his ability to serve his constituents effectively. The state Democratic Party was preparing its own call for his immediate resignation when Mr. Wu issued a statement saying he would step down as soon as the debt ceiling fight in Washington was over.

This leaves his exact departure date uncertain. Lawmakers in Washington are racing against an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling. Mr. Wu has been voting in Washington but has largely remained sequestered from the news media.

"The well-being of my children must come before anything else," he wrote in his statement. "With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues."

Why do these lowlifes always bring up their children? If they were all that concerned about the welfare of their kids, they wouldn't have fooled around in the first place.

It's a safe Democratic seat so there's virtually zero chance of a GOP pickup.

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