Rep. David Wu (D) has yet to submit a letter of resignation to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), but his spokesman said it “won’t be long.”
Wu announced last week that he would resign following the conclusion of the debt ceiling crisis, a matter that reached resolution Tuesday when President Barack Obama signed a deal into law.
The Congressman initially indicated he would finish out his term after allegations surfaced in a July 22 Oregonian report that an 18-year-old woman accused him of an “unwanted sexual encounter.” But Democrats pressured him to step down immediately.
As of Wednesday morning, a Kitzhaber spokeswoman said the governor had not received an official letter of resignation, and Boehner’s office had not received anything either.
Wu’s resignation becomes official once he sends a letter of resignation to the governor. According to the House Administration Committee, he would also need to send the letter to the Speaker, whose office would then pass it on to the House Clerk. Once there, the resignation would be entered into the Congressional Record when the House next comes into session, which is Friday morning.
Kitzhaber said last week he would schedule the special election to replace Wu to occur more than 80 days after he receives the resignation letter, which state law states is sufficient time for primaries to be held. If Wu resigns this week, the 80-day mark would land in mid-October.
Candidates are already moving into position in the traditionally Democratic 1st district. State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D) is expected to run, and State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian (D) and state Rep. Brad Witt (D) were already challenging Wu before the events of the last two weeks.
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.