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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.