Democratic Congressman David Wu of Oregon is packing up his tiger suit and going home. The Representative, whose penchant for looking both adorable and creepy has been duly noted by the press, has recently been hit with an allegation of unwanted sexual conduct, a charge lobbed at him by the eighteen-year-old daughter of one of his longtime donors and friends. Here's what the Diet Anthony Weiner had to say in his statement:
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.
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.
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. 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. I intend to go forward with new resolve and love of family, the State of Oregon, and our nation.
As the AP notes, Wu is "the second House Democrat in the last six weeks to be forced to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct," which is a damn shame, especially considering the debt-ceiling negotiations (which Wu said he'd see through before he left). Come on, Dems — keep your shit in your pants and/or tiger suits!