Oregon congressman David Wu admits to accepting drugs from campaign donor

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Representative David Wu, a seven-term Democratic congressman from Oregon, admitted in a written response to The Oregonian that he accepted two oxycodone tablets from a donor after leaving his own doctor-prescribed painkillers for his neck back in Washington. Wu wrote, "This was the only time that this has ever happened. I recognize that my action showed poor judgment at the time, and I sincerely regret having put my staff in a difficult position."

Wu had previously freaked out campaign staffers with his unpredictable behavior, including sending them odd emails from his federally-issued Blackberry, among them one showing him dressed in a tiger costume. He claims that he was stressed out from raising his two children as a single father, as well as caring for his elderly mother. But a tiger costume? Is he next going to be a spokesman for Frosted Flakes?

Wu admitted yesterday that sending photos of himself in a Halloween costume was "unprofessional" and "inappropriate," and he has sought mental-health treatment, including counseling and medication. Wu also had to apologize before the 2004 election for a former girlfriend's accusation of sexual assault, and in 2007 he stated on the House floor that "there are Klingons in the White House." I recommend that Representative Wu not be served any rum cake at the next congressional wingding.