Pelosi calls for ethics investigation into sexual allegation
Embattled Oregon Congressman David Wu will not run for re-election in 2012 and will retire at the end of his current term, according to a late Sunday report on the Politico website.
Politico cited an unnamed Wu adviser as its source.
The Portland Tribune has not been able to reach Wu for comment.
The report follows a call by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for an ethics investigation into the 1st District Democrat following allegations of sexual misconduct made by a young woman. They were first reported by The Oregonian.
On Sunday, Pelosi's office issued this statement:
'I call on the Ethics Committee to initiate an investigation into the allegations against Congressman Wu. With deep disappointment and sadness about this situation, I hope that the Ethics Committee will take up this matter. I will send a letter to the Ethics Committee tomorrow asking them to formally initiate a review of this matter.'
Following Pelosi's announcement, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, released a statement supporting Pelosi's decision.
'New allegations of unacceptable behavior by Congressman Wu are extremely serious and disturbing,' Israel said. 'I strongly agree with Leader Pelosi's request that the House Ethics Committee use its authority to begin an immediate investigation.'
The Oregonian reported Saturday that unnamed sources heard a telephone message in May left by a distraught young woman accusing Wu of a non-consensual sexual encounter. Although the newspaper did not report the woman's name, it said she is the daughter of a Wu donor and that the incident occurred last November.
Wu has been under fire for previous allegations of sexual improprieties and strange behavior during the 2010 election, in which he was handily re-elected to a seventh term.
In the 2012 election, Wu faces at least two and possibly more challengers in the Democratic primary. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Rep. Brad Witt have declared for the position. Other Democratic candidates are considering the race.
Fox 12 contributed to this news story.