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U.S. Rep. David Wu loses staffers, political team amid complaints of public behavior
The Oregonian ^
| January 18, 2011
| Janie Har
Posted on 01/19/2011 10:44:11 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
Since the November election, U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., has lost at least six staffers plus the leadership of a veteran campaign team that guided him to a seventh term amid complaints about his public behavior.
The exodus includes Wu's longtime chief of staff, Julie Tippens, and communications director, Julia Krahe, both in Washington, D.C. Krahe left without securing a job while Tippens took a similar position with a lawmaker with far less seniority.
In addition, Wu has lost virtually his entire political team -- people who have been with the Democrat for more than a decade -- including his chief fundraiser, Lisa Kurdziel, and chief pollster, Lisa Grove, who told The Oregonian she wouldn't work for him again.
"It is highly unusual for successful campaigns to change teams after the election," said Michael Meehan, a veteran Democratic consultant who was a senior adviser to Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.
Wu declined to be interviewed for this story but in a written statement praised his employees. "I have only the utmost esteem for every member of my staff, present and past," he wrote.
But the staff departures come amid questions about Wu's behavior during the campaign. On Oct. 27, he gave a speech so negative and loud that a Washington County Democratic Party member complained formally to his office.
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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: davidwu; wu
posted on 01/19/2011 10:47:43 AM PST
(Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
“Are you with me Dr. Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
Are you crazy are you high
Or just an ordinary guy
Have you done all you can do
Are you with me Dr. Wu”
-Dr. Wu lyrics by Steely Dan
The CongressCritter seems to have a tenuous hold on sanity.
posted on 01/19/2011 11:05:56 AM PST
by Uncle Miltie
(0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
Wopani Wu the next Jared Loughner candidate. Go after him with a straight jacket.
posted on 01/19/2011 11:07:48 AM PST
(That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
....said Michael Meehan, a veteran Democratic consultant who was a senior adviser to Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.
Didn't Michael have some anger issues? I think he accosted someone IIRC.
posted on 01/19/2011 11:13:44 AM PST
(Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
So, he's a creep, and they KNOW he's a creep, but they'll work to get him elected, and THEN bail?
Thanks for bettering the country, ya'll.
posted on 01/19/2011 11:13:58 AM PST
by Izzy Dunne
(Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
Check Wu’s backyard for a massive pot farm.
posted on 01/19/2011 11:19:08 AM PST
by Navy Patriot
(Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
Wu, who has represented Oregon's 1st Congressional District since 1999, has been less known for his legislative achievements than his strident opposition to China and bursts of puzzling public behavior. In one instance, he warned of faux Klingons in the White House during a floor speech in 2007. In 2003, as the House was convulsing to pass the Medicare prescription bill, Wu fell into a state that one colleague described as "almost catatonic," according to The Washington Post, as Democratic leaders frantically tried to get him to vote for the bill.
A mix of irrational paranoia and convenient lethargy? The perfect Democrat.
posted on 01/19/2011 11:21:03 AM PST
(My hypocrisy goes only so far)
Alan Grayson proved that a congressman does not have to be sane to hold office.
posted on 01/19/2011 11:48:35 AM PST
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