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David Wu won’t seek another congressional term

Staff Writer, with NY Times News Service and AP

US Representative David Wu (吳振偉) will not seek re-election next year, a spokesman said on Monday, in the wake of allegations that the seven-term Democratic lawmaker from Oregon engaged in unwanted sexual activity with a teenage daughter of a donor.

“He has spoken with leadership and at this point has only said that he will not be seeking re-election next year. He’s got a lot to consider about his political future,” said Eric Dorey, Wu’s spokesman.

Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have called for an immediate ethics investigation after an article in the Oregonian said that a young woman had left a voice mail message at Wu’s Portland office accusing him of what the newspaper described as “aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior.”

The Taiwan-born Wu has said the encounter was consensual.

In a letter to the House Ethics Committee on Monday, Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House leader, said an investigation “is warranted” to determine whether he “engaged in inappropriate activities.”

Fellow Democrats appeared wary of getting ahead of her request. When asked if he thought Wu should resign, Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said he wanted to learn more before commenting.

Democratic Representative John Larson said he spoke with Wu over the weekend, and he hinted that Wu is confronting the issue of whether he should resign.

“I asked him how he was doing, and I told him he should be concerned first and foremost about his children and his family ... He acknowledged he has a very difficult decision coming up,” Larson said.

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