Late Wednesday, David Wu formally resigned his position in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Wu announced last week that he would resign after a published report had described an aggressive sexual act by Wu against the teenage daughter of a friend. That followed several reports of erratic behavior and possible alcohol and presciption drug issues.
Wu released the following statement after notifying Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and House Speaker John Boehner of his resignation effective today, August 3,2011 at 11:59 p.m.:
Washington, DC Congressman David Wu:
Serving as a U.S. Congressman has been the greatest honor of my life. There is no other job where you get up each day and ask, How can I try to make the world a better place today?
Particularly meaningful to me has been working for more and better investments in science and education. Also, I believe that my support for people who struggle for human rights and civil liberties will ultimately bear fruit in a world that is more just and peaceful.
A spokesperson for Governor Kitzhaber said a date was set for the special election to replace Wu which should be announced in the coming in a few days.
We are glad that Oregon can move forward and find a replacement in the First Congressional District, Oregon Deomcratic Party Chairt Meredith Wood Smith said. It is critical that this process begins immediately so that the citizens of the district can have a representative in Congress. The Democratic Party is excited to see so many outstanding Democratic candidates step forward to fill the vacancy.
Rob Cornilles says he will hold a news conference Thursday to announce his candidacy. He ran against Wu last year and lost 55-42.
However great the honor and engaging the work, there comes a time to hand on the privilege of elected office and that time has come.