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Newspapers, GOP call for congressman to resign

There are 51 comments on the Boston.com story from Feb 23, 2011, titled Newspapers, GOP call for congressman to resign. In it, Boston.com reports that:

In this Aug. 17, 2010 file photo, Congressman David Wu, D-Ore., speaks during an interview in Portland, Ore.

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Since: Feb 10

Salem, OR

#1 Feb 23, 2011
Not only the GOP, but Governor John, a Democrat, has called for his resignation.
Anymo Phar

Scottsdale, AZ

#2 Feb 23, 2011
ORwel again! ;-00000

Since: Feb 10

United States

#3 Feb 23, 2011
Anymo Phar wrote:
ORwel again! ;-00000
Ate you retarded?

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#4 Feb 24, 2011
Wu is a nutjob. He should resign.

Since: May 08

Deltona Fla

#6 Feb 24, 2011
The laughing liberal wrote:
Wu is a nutjob. He should resign.
What did he do that was so bad?

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#7 Feb 24, 2011
swampmudd wrote:
<quoted text>What did he do that was so bad?
Wu's campaign failed to carry workers compensation. He was fined by state officials.

Willamette Week has extended quotes from five emails, which are deeply strange:

Nineteen minutes later, at 1:22 am PST, a second email from Wu’s official email address went to multiple Wu staffers under the subject line “not funny.”

The email read as if it had come from one of Wu’s two children; the name of his middle-school-age daughter appeared at the end of it as a signature. But it’s not clear whether she sent the email in the wee hours of the morning or did so at the request of her father. Another possibility—the one that apparently disturbed staffers—is that Wu sent the email on his own, pretending to be his child. In any case, the email suggests Wu had been sparring with his staff.

“You’re the best, but my Dad made me say that, even though you threatened to shut down his campaign.”...

Six minutes later, at 1:38 am, a fourth email arrived in staffers’ inboxes. The content related to Wu’s drinking. The subject line contained one word:“wasted.”

The email, with Wu’s son’s name at the end, said:“My Dad said you said he was wasted Wednesday night after just three sips of wine. It’s just that he hasn’t had a drink since July 1. Cut him some slack, man. What he does when he’s wasted is send emails, not harass people he works with. He works SO hard for you … Cut the dude some slack, man. Just kidding.”

Willamette Week also published a bizarre photo of Wu that was attached to one of the emails.

http://blueoregon.org/2011/02/david-wus-bizar...

“Ignorantia valde pestifera.”

Since: Jan 09

Harding Township, NJ

#8 Feb 24, 2011
The laughing liberal wrote:
<quoted text>Wu's campaign failed to carry workers compensation. He was fined by state officials.
Willamette Week has extended quotes from five emails, which are deeply strange:
Nineteen minutes later, at 1:22 am PST, a second email from Wu’s official email address went to multiple Wu staffers under the subject line “not funny.”
The email read as if it had come from one of Wu’s two children; the name of his middle-school-age daughter appeared at the end of it as a signature. But it’s not clear whether she sent the email in the wee hours of the morning or did so at the request of her father. Another possibility—the one that apparently disturbed staffers—is that Wu sent the email on his own, pretending to be his child. In any case, the email suggests Wu had been sparring with his staff.
“You’re the best, but my Dad made me say that, even though you threatened to shut down his campaign.”...
Six minutes later, at 1:38 am, a fourth email arrived in staffers’ inboxes. The content related to Wu’s drinking. The subject line contained one word:“wasted.”
The email, with Wu’s son’s name at the end, said:“My Dad said you said he was wasted Wednesday night after just three sips of wine. It’s just that he hasn’t had a drink since July 1. Cut him some slack, man. What he does when he’s wasted is send emails, not harass people he works with. He works SO hard for you … Cut the dude some slack, man. Just kidding.”
Willamette Week also published a bizarre photo of Wu that was attached to one of the emails.
http://blueoregon.org/2011/02/david-wus-bizar...
Gosh yes, that doesn't sound like a hacker prank at all.

And as for the painkiller issue, maybe Wu should seek a job in right-wing radio syndication. The audience of that genre have proven themselves to be not only forgiving, but fiercely defensive about their personalities and painkiller addictions.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#9 Feb 24, 2011
GunnySteve wrote:
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Gosh yes, that doesn't sound like a hacker prank at all.
And as for the painkiller issue, maybe Wu should seek a job in right-wing radio syndication. The audience of that genre have proven themselves to be not only forgiving, but fiercely defensive about their personalities and painkiller addictions.
I never knew rush held elected office. Are you LYING or just making another stupid irrelevant comparison? ROFL!

What a putz.




David Wu admits taking someone else's prescription painkillers

Kari Chisholm
Feb. 23, 2011

Among the more puzzling aspects about the stories swirling around Congressman David Wu have been the reports that his staff attempted an "intervention" at a downtown pharmacy.

Why would his staff feel the need to conduct an intervention at a pharmacy?

Now, we've got a bit more detail. From the Oregonian:

Wu told The Oregonian he had accepted prescription medication from a campaign contributor in Portland in October. Wu said that he had left the painkiller prescribed by his doctor for neck pain in Washington and that the donor offered him something for a severe episode.

"The donor offered me an alternative painkiller, and I took two tablets. This was the only time that this has ever happened," Wu wrote. "I recognize that my action showed poor judgment at the time, and I sincerely regret having put my staff in a difficult position."

A campaign staffer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as the person still works in politics, confirmed that Wu, 55, had taken oxycodone from the donor.

To me, that still doesn't sound like the whole story. Using someone else's pain pills is dumb (and maybe illegal - any lawyers fill us in here?), but assuming that the prescription matches and it's a one-time event, it doesn't seem to be something that would lead to staff demands that Wu enter a psychiatric hospital.

It seems to me that there's still more to this story.



http://blueoregon.org/2011/02/wu-admits-takin...
Dances with Wolves

Owings Mills, MD

#10 Feb 24, 2011
"Wu said Tuesday that it was "unprofessional and inappropriate" to send pictures of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members while he was in the middle of a heated campaign last year. He also acknowledged taking two tablets of a pain killer that were given to him by an unnamed campaign donor."

ROFLMAO!! Tiger costume? An unnamed campaign donor gave him some pills? And this idiot thinks he should keep his job?

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Since: Apr 07

United States

#11 Feb 24, 2011
Dances with Wolves wrote:
"Wu said Tuesday that it was "unprofessional and inappropriate" to send pictures of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members while he was in the middle of a heated campaign last year. He also acknowledged taking two tablets of a pain killer that were given to him by an unnamed campaign donor."
ROFLMAO!! Tiger costume? An unnamed campaign donor gave him some pills? And this idiot thinks he should keep his job?
Typical left wing loon.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#12 Feb 24, 2011
Wu apologizes, says he can do the job

By The Associated Press
Feb 22, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore.(AP)- An Oregon congressman said Tuesday that he accepted prescription drugs from a campaign contributor last October, around the same time members of his staff complained of his erratic behavior.

Rep. David Wu told The Oregonian in a written response to a query that he had left another kind of painkiller — one prescribed by his doctor for neck pain — in Washington. He said the donor offered him an alternative, and he took two tablets.

"This was the only time that this has ever happened," Wu wrote. "I recognize that my action showed poor judgment at the time, and I sincerely regret having put my staff in a difficult position."

Earlier Tuesday, Wu said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that it was "unprofessional and inappropriate" for him to send pictures of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members.

Wu said the photos were taken while he was "joshing around" with his children in October just before Halloween.

PICTURE HERE:
http://media.katu.com/images/110219_wu_tiger_...

One photo shows Wu wearing an orange and black striped tiger outfit with pointy ears and striped mittens. Portland newspapers reported that campaign staffers pleaded with Wu to seek psychiatric help in the final week before the November election, but he refused.

The Oregonian and Willamette Week on Friday, citing interviews with a number of anonymous staff members, reported that the 55-year-old Wu was increasingly unpredictable on the campaign trial and in private last fall, and had several angry and loud outbursts.

The newspapers reported that campaign staffers were appalled by a series of e-mails sent from Wu's federally issued BlackBerry that included the photo of him in the tiger costume. But more disturbing, staffers said, were e-mails written in the voice of his adolescent children.

In an October speech to a friendly audience at a meeting of Washington County Democrats, Wu lashed out at his opponent and the media. He also talked his way past a security checkpoint to campaign for votes at the airport around that time, according to reports.

Wu on Tuesday acknowledged sending the tiger costume photos and said he has sought mental health treatment, including counseling and medication. He said in the ABC interview that he's "in a good place now," but he said he ruled out inpatient treatment because he couldn't spend time away from his family.

"Last October was not a good month. It was very stressful. I did some things, I said some things, which I sincerely regret now," Wu said.

http://www.katu.com/news/politics/116711374.h...

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Since: Apr 07

United States

#13 Feb 24, 2011
Johanson wrote:
Not only the GOP, but Governor John, a Democrat, has called for his resignation.
What's even funnier is his trail of lies to hide his bizarre behavior.

His Tiger Suit picture is hysterical. He claimed it was his kids but the suit fits him, a grown man. Ooops!

http://www.katu.com/news/politics/116711374.h...
Ho Lee Schitt

Richmond, IN

#14 Feb 24, 2011
The rethugs have a lot of nerve since they have severe ethical issues of their own. Just ask Larry (tap three times) Craig of any of Newt's ex wives!
OBat

Denver, CO

#15 Feb 24, 2011
Ho Lee Schitt wrote:
The rethugs have a lot of nerve since they have severe ethical issues of their own. Just ask Larry (tap three times) Craig of any of Newt's ex wives!
Awwwwwww, does it hurt to be such a hypocrite?

Since: Feb 10

Salem, OR

#16 Feb 24, 2011
I like when the article calls Wu a centrist: this man is as far left as you can get without passing Nancy Pelosi.
Dances with Wolves

Owings Mills, MD

#17 Feb 24, 2011
Johanson wrote:
I like when the article calls Wu a centrist: this man is as far left as you can get without passing Nancy Pelosi.
That explains the tiger suit. He was trying....LOL

Since: Feb 10

Salem, OR

#18 Feb 24, 2011
GunnySteve wrote:
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Gosh yes, that doesn't sound like a hacker prank at all.
And as for the painkiller issue, maybe Wu should seek a job in right-wing radio syndication. The audience of that genre have proven themselves to be not only forgiving, but fiercely defensive about their personalities and painkiller addictions.
Why don't we talk about President Obama's admitted drug use when he was in college. It's all right there in his book, if you were so inclined to read.

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#20 Feb 24, 2011
More backstabbing bullshit by the fascist right, and the weak kneed democrats.

Impeach Heinrich Valker in Wisconsin first for exposing his corporate fascism.

“Ignorantia valde pestifera.”

Since: Jan 09

Harding Township, NJ

#21 Feb 24, 2011
The laughing liberal wrote:
<quoted text>I never knew rush held elected office.
Oh, I see. So our country's prescription drug laws don't apply to Rush Limbaugh? He's exempt? Or above the law? It's only elected officials and Democrats who should be punished or fired when they use illegal drugs?

You pathetic hypocrites are laughable in how many excuses you'll make when you don't have the balls to admit that your f*ck-ups are identical to the other party's f*ck-ups.

But that's always been your personal game plan, laughable limpdick: Hurl blame always; take responsibility never.

And for the record, numbnuts, there's not one word of indication that Wu has a history of repetitive illegal drug use, as opposed to doctor-shopping for Oxycontin and bragging about getting away with it like your pudgy love doll.

“Ignorantia valde pestifera.”

Since: Jan 09

Harding Township, NJ

#22 Feb 24, 2011
Johanson wrote:
<quoted text>
Why don't we talk about President Obama's admitted drug use when he was in college. It's all right there in his book, if you were so inclined to read.
Fine, and we can talk about George W. Bush's five cocaine possession arrests and convctions, and his three extreme DWI convctions, and Dick Cheney's five DUI convctions, and Rush Limbaugh's Oxycontin doctor-shopping., while we're at it. It's all right there in their arrest and criminal conviction reports, if you can read while wearing those tunnel-vision goggles.

And yes ... we all know about Ted Kennedy's alcoholism. So there's no need to raise that frightwing fall-back position.

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