Okay, it’s time for a little levity.
And Rep. David Wu is providing it.
As you probably know, the Oregon Democrat has been accused of “an unwanted sexual encounter” with a teenage daughter of a friend. No, unwanted sexual encounters, especially ones involving teenagers, are never funny. On the other hand, Wu’s announcement that he plans to resig–but only after he votes on the debt ceiling!–is a is a hoot.
For guy who’s accused of something disgraceful, he’s feeling pretty good about himself. His whole resignation process (hat tip: Hot Air) is hilarious. First, the basic announcement, as reported by National Journal’s Hotline:
It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a United States Congressman. Rare is the nation in which an immigrant child can become a national political figure. I thank God and my parents for the privilege of being an American,” Wu said in a statement.
Now, however, the time has come to hand on the privilege of high office. I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.
Okay, if that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, you are hopeless. Then this:
The wellbeing of my children must come before anything else. With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis,” said Wu. “This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues. It is also the only correct decision to avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in Washington.
A noteworthy leave-taking, even by the high standards of Washington pomposity.