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Story by Larry Fitzpatrick - The Oregon Herald
Published on Tuesday February 22, 2011 - 10:56 AM
 
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Congressman David Wu responded today for the first time to reports of erratic behavior last November.

Wu's staffers asked him to get a mental health evaluation because of bizarre emails he sent to them. Some of his aides attempted an intervention and looked into psychiatric care for the Congressman.

Staffers and The Oregonian have charged Wu with "belligerent" remarks to Democratic voters and pretending to be his own children to send e-mails to staffers. One email in particular included an attached image of Wu dressed in a tiger costume.

After the last election, five or six staffers resigned from Wu's office. On ABC's Good Morning America, Wu said he's ready to move on.

"This was a very difficult time in my life," Said Wu. "I've had a couple of pretty stressful years. I've been raising my children basically on my own. Last October was not a good month. It was very stressful. I did some things; I said some things, which I sincerely regret now.

And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help. I got the help I needed then. I'm continuing to consult medical help as I need it. And I'm in a good place now. I'm taking care of my two children, they're doing well, I'm taking care of my 88-year old mother. I'm taking care of myself. And very importantly, I'm taking care of the First Congressional District and the people of the First Congressional District of Oregon."

Wu's treatment includes counseling and medication. He says he's caring for his two children and his 88-year-old mother.

Wu was first elected to Congress in 1998. He won re-election to a seventh term in November.

His district includes much of Northwest Oregon including portions of Portland.