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Story by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
Published on Thursday February 24, 2011 - 10:32 AM
 
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SALEM, Oregon - A photo of Democratic Representative David Wu wearing a tiger costume and other unusual revelations about his mental health are increasing pressure on the seven-term Oregon Democrat to resign.

Wu issued a strong statement saying he will not resign. His tenacity comes in the face of negative statements and newspaper editorials calling for him to resign.

Wu admitted to sending photos of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members while he was in the middle of a heated campaign last year. Some observers have laughed off the idea of the big concerns for such a small issue but Wu has said this was unprofessional. He also admitted to taking two pain killer tablets given to him by an unnamed campaign donor.

"This was the only time that this has ever happened," Wu said. "I recognize that my action showed poor judgment at the time, and I sincerely regret having put my staff in a difficult position."

Following his behavior, seven staff members resigned after the end of the 2010 campaign. The Oregonian reported that Wu's campaign was fined by state officials for failing to carry workers compensation

The Eugene Register Guard has called for Wu's resignation stating, "Wu should have been forthcoming about his medical treatment when it began.

The Daily Astorian from Clatsop County in Wu's own district said they plan to publish an editorial today suggesting Wu should resign, that Wu has served well but "certainly Wu is becoming an embarrassment." As of this writing, The Daily Astorian has not published such an editorial.

"He has a really important job, and the citizens of Oregon and the citizens of the congressional district deserve to have a congressman who's completely focused on serving them and being a great congressman," Oregon Republican Party Chairman Allen Alley said Wednesday.

Wu Spokesman Erik Dorey for said the congressman has no plans to resign.

"It will be up to his constituents to decide whether he's proven himself," said Dorey.

On ABC's Good Morning America Wu said that he's taking medication and undergoing counseling and says he has overcome any mental concerns others have mentioned during the midterm election.

Soome of Wu's top political supporters are sticking by him.

"We support David Wu because he's a strong supporter of working families," said Arthur Towers, political director for the Service Employees International Union in Oregon. "Clearly he's going through some personal health problems, and now is not the time to change our position."