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Wu Showing No Signs Of Stepping Aside

February 25, 2011
The Eugene Register-Guard wrote Wednesday that it was the fact that Wu was less-than-forthcoming about his problems that should cause him to step down. Wu "says he has sought professional care, and supporters claim that seeking treatment should not disqualify a person for public office. They're right, but that's not the issue. The real problem is a lack of candor, and for that he should resign." The Daily Astorian was more sympathetic, writing that "Wu's situation appears to involve symptoms of mental illness, and that is sad to observe." But the paper ultimately comes to the conclusion that it "would be the better part of smartness for Wu to resign, but political decisions are more often emotional than rational." And the Oregonian, whose investigations instigated the scrutiny surrounding Wu, doesn't call for Wu to step aside immediately, but says he first needs to be more "forthright about his problems" and "face his constituents and have persuasive answers to the questions of whether and how he can still be an effective member of Congress. ... If he can't or won't answer such questions -- and answer them fully and publicly, in the 1st District -- he should resign."
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