Rep. David Wu said it was “a huge wake-up call” when six of his longtime staffers resigned after the 2010 elections.
The Oregon Democrat also said that colleagues have reached out since reports in the Oregonian published last week detailed erratic behavior from the Congressman leading up to Election Day, prompting the resignations shortly thereafter.
“The fascinating thing is a lot of people, a lot of Members, have stepped up to be supportive. And virtually equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans,” Wu said in a brief interview Thursday. “People who know me well are wondering why there’s such a stir about this in the press.”
The Eugene Register-Guard, which is not in Wu’s 1st district, called on him to step down last week, but the Congressman said on Thursday that he “has not given resignation any thought.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said earlier this week that it is “premature” for Wu to step down from office and noted that he was dispatching his deputy chief of staff “to make sure that he gets help.”
Wu is scheduled to meet with the Democratic Party of Washington County in his district on Monday.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.