The Wu Watch Continues
Embattled Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., had announced last week he would resign from Congress at the conclusion of the contentious battle over raising the debt ceiling. It was the final legislative hurrah for the seven-term lawmaker, who said he would step down after a damaging report that he had an "unwanted sexual encounter" with the teenage daughter of a campaign donor.
But now, nearly twenty-four hours after the president signed the debt bill into law, Wu still remains in office.
A spokeswoman for Oregon's Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, said the governor's office has not yet received a formal resignation letter from Wu - which is required for the governor to set a special election date - and House Speaker John Boehner's office said they have not yet received official notice of Wu's departure, either.
But there could be a better timetable soon for when he'll officially resign. Wu spokesman Erik Dorey told Hotline On Call he will speak with the congressman later this afternoon and could know then when he plans to step down.
"It won't be long," said Dorey.
Even though the House is in recess until September 7, Wu's resignation won't be held up. He'll officially resign to the governor, but a letter will also be sent to the House Clerk's office and the Speaker. With the House still in pro forma sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the month, whenever the letter is received is when it would be read into the Congressional Record, according to the House Parliamentarian's office.