NONE DARE CALL IT WEINERGATE – AT 8:17 A.M. ET: Another congressional Democrat is in trouble, or should we say is again in trouble over sex charges. Where have we see this movie before? From the Politico:
Rep. David Wu spoke to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats on Saturday about his political future in the wake of allegations of a sexual encounter with a teenager, but it is not clear whether the Oregon Democrat will step down from office.
Wu has been accused of having an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a longtime friendlast year over Thanksgiving weekend. The teenager, whose identity has not been disclosed, and her family have not filed any criminal complaint against the longtime lawmaker, but the incident, the second accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior against Wu, is “extremely troubling” to Pelosi and other Democrats, say Democratic insiders.
Yeah, they seem deeply troubled. Get this:
Wu, who was born in Taiwan, has disappeared from public view in the past day. He is believed to be holed up in his congressional office or residence on Capitol Hill. Wu has not commented on the allegations other than to release a short statement calling the matter “very serious.”
In 1976, Wu was accused of attempted rape by a former girlfriend. No charges were filed in that case, but Wu, who was then attending Stanford University, was required to see a counselor and was disciplined by the university.
Are we seeing a pattern here?
Shortly before the 2010 elections, Wu began behaving erratically, including sending a picture of himself in a tiger costume to his staffers. More than a half dozen aides and campaign consultants quit as Wu bombarded them with troubling phone calls and emails. Wu’s remaining staffers canceled all campaign events, relying on TV ads to win his race.
After news reports of his behavior appeared in February and March, Wu began treatment for an unspecified mental health condition.
What is remarkable is that this dude got elected, then reelected, in a "liberal" district in which women's rights would presumably be a sensitive issue. The hypocrisy flows.
Resignation required. Today.
July 24, 2011