News is just coming over the Washington wires that Oregon Democrat Rep. David “Tigger” Wu changed his troubled mind and decided he will resign after all. The caveat: He’ll stay on just long enough to provide one more Dem vote on the debt-limit negotiations.
Yesterday, I discussed the case on FNC with Martha McCallum and noted this is as much a personal scandal for Wu as it is a political scandal for Nancy-come-lately Pelosi:
Wu insists he did nothing “illegal” and will be “vindicated.”
What costume will he be wearing for that? And will he be headed to the same instant rehab clinic as fellow scandal pol Anthony Weiner?
Wu statement added via FNC:
It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a United States Congressman. Rare is the nation in which an immigrant child can become a national political figure. I thank God and my parents for the privilege of being an American.
Now, however, the time has come to hand on the privilege of high office. I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.
The well-being of my children must come before anything else. 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.
It is also the only correct decision to avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in Washington. I intend to go forward with new resolve and love of family, the State of Oregon, and our nation.”
February 25, 2011 Crack-up: Rep. David Wu needs a Democrat leadership intervention