The Strange Saga of David Wu

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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Another sex scandal has resulted in another Democrat congressman being forced to resign. On Tuesday, David Wu (D-OR), announced he would be stepping down following a “resolution” of the debt crisis, amid accusations that he participated in “unwanted and aggressive sexual behavior” with the 18-year-old daughter of a friend and campaign donor. The 56-year-old, seven-term representative claims the encounter was consensual. Wu had originally intended to remain in office until the end of his term in 2013, but was forced to reconsider when House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi made a formal request on Monday for an ethics investigation into the congressman’s behavior. “The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office,” said Wu in a written statement. “I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”

Wu’s announcement came only minutes after both of Oregon’s senators, Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely, called on him to resign, citing accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior they characterized as “both jarring and exceptionally serious.” The senators contended such behavior had effectively compromised his ability to serve his constituents. “While he–like every American–deserves an opportunity to address those accusations and defend himself, our constituents in the first district of Oregon deserve a member in the House of Representatives whose main focus is fighting for their interests,” said the senators in a prepared statement. “This is a critical time for our state and our nation and Oregonians need every member of their Congressional delegation to be effective. While no one takes pleasure in asking a colleague to resign, we believe he can no longer be an effective representative for our shared constituents and should, in the best interest of Oregon, step down.”

The alleged encounter reportedly took place last November in California’s Orange County. Members of the congressman’s staff became aware of the incident last May when the woman involved left a phone message at Wu’s Portland office alleging the congressman had “forced himself upon her.” Sources who spoke with the Oregonian under the condition that they remain anonymous, independently claimed they had direct knowledge of the details. The paper reported that one of the staffers who heard the message characterized the woman as “breathing heavily” and “distraught” over the encounter which allegedly took place on Thanksgiving weekend. Sources were told the women went outside and Wu followed. That’s when the sexual encounter allegedly took place.

Staffers are also reporting that the woman did not go to the police because she believed that she had insufficient evidence to press charges. There were no witnesses to the encounter, and she believed she would be at a serious disadvantage in a “he said, she said” claim against a seven-term congressman. Last Friday, the woman, along with her parents, declined to speak to a reporter who showed up at their home. A statement issued by David Swanson, an Orange County lawyer whose website says he specializes in criminal law, said, “They are not interested in talking to” the press.

This is not the first incident in which Wu has been accused sexual misbehavior. In 2004, the Oregonian broke a story about an assault which took place at Stanford University in 1976, when Wu tried to force himself on a former girlfriend who had broken off their relationship. The then 21-year-old Wu was brought to the campus police annex where he was questioned by patrol commander Raoul K. Niemeyer. Niemeyer reported that Wu showed up with “scratches on his face and neck, and his T-shirt was stretched out of shape.” As with this incident, Wu claimed the encounter was consensual. “We just, I was with my girlfriend, and we just got a little carried away,” Niemeyer recalled Wu saying. Yet a Stanford professor recalled that the woman had told him Wu “angrily attacked her,” and an assistant dean who counseled the woman said she characterized the incident as “attempted rape,” adding that Wu “used a pillow to muffle her screams.”

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  • jacob

    If CHARLES RANGEL was let off with a slap on the wrist, most assuredly because
    he has more then one Congressman in both sides of the rainbow by the short hair,
    why couldn't Representative WU stay "ad infinitum" in Congress…????

    Seems however, the stink was so overwhelming, not even NANCY PELOSI could
    hold a hankerchief to her nose

  • derekcrane

    How could Wu be re-elected considering his serious character flaws? The same way that Barney Frank and other corrupt Democrats will never lose — they promise their equally corrupt constituents more of other people's money and deliver on their promises.

  • sononthe_beach

    I live in Wu's congressional district. It is heavily democrat and urban, although the district does include a large but less populated rural area. Wu has done very little during his career except get re-elected. In 2010, republicans ran a credible candidate against Wu, but to no avail. Dems dominate the elections in Oregon's Portland metro area, and take the entire state with them. They tend to not care who the republican candidate is, voting a straight partisan ticket. With Wu, the dems got what they deserve, a just reward for blind faith;

  • GatorBob

    For Wu to be re-elected after his extremely serious Rape is of no surprise to me. Since the Country is becoming more and more Liberal/Socialist, less and less moral, and they are rapidly ridding the Country of GOD, there is more and more acceptance of vile creatures
    like Wu being elected.
    Like derekcrane says above….they only care about the Government handouts their power hungry Socialist/Democrat Candidates promise them.

  • mrbean

    Mr Wu say; : "You got boyfriend honey? Me luff you long time. Me numba 1 lover. Me so horny, You like?"

    • Ghostwriter

      I say your post is tasteless!

  • Supreme_Galooty

    The worst of it is that he will be replaced by another left-wing, freedom-hating union thug who actually WILL represent the people of his district by "getting things done." Wu's leaving is NOT an improvement.

  • Brujo Blanco

    I have had a lot of experience dealing with sexual predators. They generally have multiple victims. Predators in high places tend to get breaks. Resign in lieu of arrest and/or investigation and prosecution. Wu appears to be a man with a problem that should be addressed withinvestigation and if appropriate prosecution. If he is a predator he will re-offend.

  • Mark S- Jupiter, FL

    What I find very telling is the ongoing reaction of his advisors, staffers and confidantes. Apparently, the left takes "the personal is political" very, very seriously.

    Notice in the 2010 campaign, when Lisa Grove, the senior campaign pollster wrote, ”This is way beyond acceptable levels and the charade needs to end NOW,” in an e-mail to colleagues after four days of weird behavior by the congressman. “No enabling by any potential enablers, he needs help and you need to be protected. Nothing else matters right now. Nothing else,” she added. But something else did matter- his reelection and their place in the political world. They stuck with it until he was safely reelected and foisted on the American people. Only then did the six oh-so-conscientious staffers resign.

    The whole system, the Ruling Class, not just Dems, conspired to keep this guy in place. There is something very wrong in our political system that needs a good purging. It truly is us, the citizenry, against them, the Ruling Class.

  • StephenD

    I recall back in 1983 (the late) Gerry Studs of Massachusetts (go figure) was "censured" by the House of Representatives for essentially raping a 17 year old page. (I say rape because it was a 17 year old BOY and could not have been considered "consensual adults").
    Can you imagine being the boys parent? You send him off to serve a leader in what could have been the greatest experience of his life and you find out your son was bent over a desk by this guy.
    I recall him at a press conference clasping his hands and stating that "Finally, I am a whole man now." As if, now that he's been found out, he no longer has to reign in his abhorrent behavior.
    He was re-elected….

    • johnnywoods

      American voters do seem to love their politicians no matter how perverted they are. We get the government we deserve.

  • Texasron

    Wu is typical of the guys who live in Nancy Pelosi's swamp. Remember, she said, years ago, that she was going to drain the swamp. But Wu is a good Democrat so he can stay until after he votes her way on any budget bill. He will join the other low-lifes in her swamp.

  • Ghostwriter

    Congressman Wu is a creepy guy who doesn't deserve to be in Congress. He did the right thing by resigning.

  • garretso

    He's my congressman. I've been robbed!

  • Geddy

    Pelosi is so much like a mother taking care of her children. Problem is all of her children are abortions Wu was one of her "oops" that dropped on the floor before making it to the dumpster.

  • Nora bee

    Don't expect Oregonians to elect anyone any differnt from the present nut cases they have already elected. I lived in Portland for three years and learned that people there don't even know the names fo their next door neighbors, never take responsibility if they can put the burnen on someone else, and look to the government to solve all their problems. Most of those people are paranoid nut cases. So what can you expect?

  • Deendid

    The worst of it is that he will be replaced by another left-wing, freedom-hating union thug who actually WILL represent the people of his district by "getting things done." Wu's leaving is NOT an improvement.Affiliate Marketing