Congressman Wu says he'll resign

Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon has announced that he is resigning in the wake of allegations that he had a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman.

Wu was accused in a published report of an aggressive sexual encounter with the teenage daughter of a friend last year.

Democratic leaders had called for a House Ethics investigation after the initial reports of the allegation. Wu had said that whatever occurred was consensual.

Wu said today that the well-being of his children should come first, so he will resign after Congress resolves the debate over the debt ceiling.

Wu, 56, has won seven terms representing northwest Oregon. In 2004, he won despite acknowledging a decades-old college incident in which he tried to force a former girlfriend to have sex. Voters said they disliked an opponent's attempt to use that against Wu as part of a political campaign.

Wu's decision to resign will lead to a special election to fill the vacancy. A spokeswoman for Gov. John Kitzhaber said the governor is working on setting a date.

There is no provision for appointing a replacement for Wu in the interim.

Depending on when Kitzhaber schedules the special election, candidates could be chosen in a special primary election or by political parties according to their own internal rules.

— Associated Press

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