Democratic challengers had already been lining up to primary Wu, so for several, the transition from regular to a special election will come easy. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian was out early with a fundraising lead among hopefuls, and state Rep. Brad Witt has also launched a campaign. State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici has launched a website and is expected to get in the race soon.
Witt campaign director Katherine Pfeiffer told Hotline On Call their campaign has confidence in the Democratic leadership to hold Wu to his promise.
"The only thing we're looking at is how it will impact the special election time," Pfeiffer said of Wu's impending resignation. "It's on our radar screen, but it's not overpowering. [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi has followed though on everything she's said she's going, to do and we don't see why this would be any different."
As Wu still remained in office on Wednesday, at least one potential replacement's campaign slammed Wu's procrastination in officially stepping down.
"Distraction and controversy have left the voters of Northwest Oregon without effective representation for too long. Taxpayers have paid over $3,000 in salary to David Wu since he admitted what Brad Avakian has been saying for months - Oregon needs better representation in Washington D.C," said Avakian spokesman Jake Weigler. "It is time for David Wu to fully resign so we can begin to put this embarrassment behind us."