Skip to comments.Rep. David Wu's staff confronted him over concerns about his mental health
Posted on 02/18/2011 7:14:06 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON -- Three days before the Nov. 2 election, Oregon Rep. David Wus most loyal and senior staffers were so alarmed by his erratic behavior that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment.
Their concern had been spiking for weeks in tandem with Wus increasingly unpredictable performance on the campaign trail and in private. He was loud and sometimes angry, some of them told The Oregonian. He said kooky things to staff and -- more worrisome with a tough election fast approaching -- around potential voters and donors.
Most of all, they were worried for Wu, a 55-year-old single father of two young children.
Earlier and gentler efforts had failed, so the tight-knit group of high-level staff took other steps, including quiet inquiries about the availability of beds in hospitals in Portland and Washington, D.C., multiple sources familiar with the effort told The Oregonian.
Several staff members confronted Wu for the final time on Oct. 30. Wus psychiatrist was brought into that meeting as well, joining the group at the Portland campaign headquarters by speaker phone. The meeting was held after four consecutive days of troubling behavior that led the staff to agree that Wu needed a higher level of medical care, according to people intimately familiar with the events of that period.
Wu's past Read earlier news stories from The Oregonian about David Wu. "This is way beyond acceptable levels and the charade needs to end NOW," wrote Lisa Grove, a senior and long-serving campaign pollster, in an e-mail to colleagues that day. "No enabling by any potential enablers, he needs help and you need to be protected. Nothing else matters right now. Nothing else."
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He’s the right guy for Oregon, and Oregon is the right state for him.
No mention of party affiliation - I wonder ....
Wu is the rapist?...
Wu is the rapist?...
Anthone Weiner could use such a concerned staff
He’s a Demwit, so of course...
Thanks Free ThinkerNY.
If he’s a liberal (he is), he already has a very severe mental disorder.
Wus on first? Many political insiders are wondering if U.S. Rep. David Wu, Oregons First Congressional District Congressman, is about to be called out.
Following a disturbing and yet to be fully explained departure of six of the congressmans long-time staffers, rumors are flying that Wus days in office may be numbered. So intense is the speculation that campaigns, in both Republican and Democrat circles, are not so clandestinely being contemplated for a special election to replace Wu.
On Jan. 18, Oregonian reporters Charles Pope and Janie Har reported that since the November election, U.S. Rep. David Wu 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 Wus longtime chief of staff, Julie Tippens, and communications director, Julia Krahe, both in Washington, D.C.
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 and chief pollster who told The Oregonian she wouldnt work for him again.
With 63 Democrats being ousted from the House, over 2000 staffers are said to be job hunting in D.C. This shaky job market has only increased curiosity about why so many on Wus staff quit.
What did Wu do to cause them to walk after he was successfully re-elected? Two odd campaign incidents are being publicly identified as justification for the resignations.
On Oct. 27, Wu gave a speech in Washington County that was so strident and strange that it caused a fellow Democrat to file a complaint with his office.
Days later, another complaint was filed against Wu with the Transportation Security Administration when the Congressman used his clout to demand access to a prohibited area of the airport to greet passengers as they arrived.
While weird, these incidents do not measure up as reasons for so many staffers to quit in a perilous job market. Compounding the confusion is their no comment and, Ill never work for Wu again statements.
After all, there were no mass resignations when Rep. Wu went to the House Floor in 2007 and gave a nationally maligned speech about faux Klingons in the Bush White House.
Reports are rampant that Wu may soon face a congressional investigation for untoward deeds. To date, Wus only public statement has been, I have only the utmost esteem for every member of my staff, present and past.
Thats it? Your veteran staff is quitting in droves, serious rumors are circulating that you may be soon expelled from office, and all you can come up with is a perfunctory written statement of blather.
David Wu needs to step up to the plate and defend himself. He needs to fight these scurrilous charges head on. His stay-in-the-dugout cowering is only fostering more questions with ugly answers.
Wu may be crossing his fingers that this too will pass, but that is not the strategy of a statesman. David Wus District deserves answers.
Noticed the same thing. The only clue is the article says he spoke to a democrat group.
Sounds like just the right kind of guy to represent Oregon.
Kinda disturbing he got re-elected. Gerrymandered district?
Yes, Wu is the rapist. A far left Dem who has been re-elected several times since it came out he had raped a woman in college. This district will vote for him even if he’s wearing a straight jacket in the state hospital.
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.
Oregon Rep. David Wu, Democrat, responded to Rush Limbaugh’s insulting and offensive impersonation of Chinese President Hu Jintao. Wu, the the first Chinese American to serve in Congress, found Limbaugh’s remarks to exhibit “pathetic childishness,” and a “fundamental lack of character.”
You are talking about the Portland. OR, liberal towne here.
One of the blue parts of Oregon. Otherwise Oregon is all red.
I remember reports about him assaulting a woman while in college. One would think that would have ended his career.
Apparently the author doesn't know what "scurrilous" means.
1. Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation: "a scurrilous attack".
No, he's a Democrat.
Well, that explains this:
Sorry, Klingon interpreters, Oregon's not hiring
AP ^ | Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Officials have said they won't be needing your services, after all.
The office that treats mental health patients in Multnomah County had included Klingon on a list of 55 languages that could be spoken by incoming patients.
But the inclusion of the Star Trek language drew a spate of tongue-in-cheek headlines.
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Keep in mind that the media suppressed these reports until the election was over. Even that being said, Wu nearly lost the last election in this solidly Democratic area.
According to a previous article he quit drinking last summer. Not so! I have seen it with my own eyes.
Oh, he is a drinker? They are hard to deal with.
“It’s Not a Tuooomor” (from Kindergarten Cop, it was filmed in Oregon)
But it might just be
“It does not say a whole lot for the Republican party or their candidate in that district to lose to a psyco-nut case Democrat now does it?”
No, it does not. As a resident of Oregon, and in Wu’s district, I can tell you that this place is a lost cause.
The Oregon Republican Party is the reason I’m not a Republican anymore.
However, I think the ‘rats will throw him under the bus next time so that they can run someone else. If Wu runs against Cornellis again, he just may lose.
Heh...a democrat in Oregon who assaulted a woman during his youth. lol
We have a forner Governor who committed statutory rape, and he got a pass.
Oh, these crazy, perverted dems...
This guy obviously has a parasite-rich district where they don’t care who the Democrat is who hands out the free stuff in exchange for their votes.
>>>>I remember reports about him assaulting a woman while in college. One would think that would have ended his career.
>>No, he’s a Democrat.
And further, just based on the life and times of the Kennedy clan, it would appear to be a resume-enhancer in Dem circles.
There is one hell of a lot about Representative Wu (D. Portlandia) that has not been related in public yet, and there is just no telling what he has been up to.
But in the Land of Niel Goldschmidt and Sam Adams, David Wu is a near perfect fit. While DC Staffers may not approve of him there are plenty in his District who do, and will reelect him no matter what or who he has been up to.
It will be interesting when one of these former staffers of his finally spills her guts, and I have no doubt that will happen in the coming months. Whatever it is that was going on was bad enough to force mass resignations of his staff, and that kind of word gets around, especially among a group of professional women who no doubt look out for one another.
Yep, the PERFECT representative for Multnomah county. This is why Oregon is a blue state. People are INSANE in the largest metro area of the state.
It’s not that, Portland Oregon is a bastion of socialism and has been since the 1800’s. It’s also the largest metro area in the state. Its all in the numbers, and yes those numbers are dyed the same as berkley liberals. The rest of CD 1 is largely conservative, just overwhelmed by the sheer numbers.
I’m crazy about wu, too.
Course it didn’t stop his staff from getting him elected and stuffing the ballot box. Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Portland.
Pray for Oregon
Here he is when we were campaigning against him:
Does Old What’s Her Name know???
“Great, another Alan Grayson.
Kinda disturbing he got re-elected. Gerrymandered district? “
No, just the typical liberal nutbag elected by Multnomah County, like the rest of the worthless ones in Oregon.
Actually, Wu represents Washington County, Oregon. Beaverton, and Tigard are part of his district which is just outside of the Portland city limits. Unfortunately he has been my rep for many years, although I have never voted for him. You are correct, however, that there are way too many nuts in the Portland area now! We have been invaded by Californians continually since my childhood so it has gotten worse through the years.
I was halfway crucified
I was on the other side
Of no tomorrow
You walked in
And my life began again
Just when I’d spent the last piaster
I could borrow
All night long
We would sing that stupid song
And every word we sang
I knew was true
Are you with me Doctor 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 Doctor
Don’t seem right
I’ve been strung out here all night
I’ve been waiting for the taste
You said you’d bring to me
Where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day
I went searching for the song
You used to sing to me
You could see it in her eyes
But imagine my surprise
When I saw you
Are you with me Doctor Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
She is lovely yes she’s sly
And you’re an ordinary guy
Has she finally got to you
Can you hear me Doctor
—Walter Becker and Donald Fagen