Oregon Congressman Refuses to Resign After "Unwanted Sexual Encounter" with Teenager, Despite Pressure

The Democrats in Congress riddled with sex scandals might have their priorities backwards. Weiner resigned for sending sexts, yet Oregon Representative David Wu, who has been accused of making "unwanted and aggressive sexual advances" towards a teenager last November, refuses to resign (though he won't re-run in 2012). The Oregonian has the scoop:

The news did not sit well with Democratic leaders, who have been pressing Wu to step down after concluding he can no longer be effective and that the continued presence of a lawmaker accused of inappropriate sexual acts could damage the party's chances going into the 2012 elections. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosiimmediately called for an ethics investigation into Wu's encounter with the daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor in California during a visit over Thanksgiving. 

"I call on the Ethics Committee to initiate an investigation into the allegations against Congressman Wu," she said in a statement. "With deep disappointment and sadness about this situation, I hope that the Ethics Committee will take up this matter." 

In May, the teenaged daughter of a family friend called Wu's office line and left a "distraught" message accusing him of the sexual assault, which is how it first came to light publicly; the Oregonian reported it on Friday night. 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 25, 2011, 4:31am

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