Embroiled in a tawdry sex scandal, Oregon Congressman David Wu, a Democrat, officially resigned on Wednesday. The Oregonian reports that Wu stepped down one minute before midnight, just days after voting for the debt compromise deal that recently became law.
Wu's office released a statement on Wednesday formally announcing his resignation, but he did not touch on the scandal at all.
"However great the honor and engaging the work, there comes a time to hand on the privilege of elected office – and that time has come," the statement read.
Wu's problems began several weeks ago after allegations surfaced that the 56-year-old congressman had an unwanted sexual encounter with a young unidentified woman earlier this spring. The issue was made public when the woman left what was described as a "distraught" voicemail on the congressman's office's phone, and the victim is believed to be the daughter of longtime friend of Wu's.
This isn't the first time that Wu has been the center of controversy, either. The news source reports that during the re-election campaign last year, Wu began acting erratically and many of his staffers were reluctant to schedule public appearances for him. Additionally, while he was a student at Stanford University he was disciplined for trying to force an ex-girlfriend to have sex.
There will likely be a special election held to replace Wu sometime in November, and members of both parties are already vying for his vacated seat.
Wu is the second Democratic congressman to resign in as many months due to revelations of lurid behavior. In June, New York Representative Anthony Weiner was forced to step down after it was revealed that he had been exchanging sexually charged text messages with as many as six women over a three-year period.