From The Oregonian:
A distraught young woman called U.S. Rep. David Wu’s Portland office this spring, accusing him of an unwanted sexual encounter, according to multiple sources.
When confronted, the Oregon Democrat acknowledged a sexual encounter to his senior aides but insisted it was consensual, the sources said.
The woman is the daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor. She apparently did not contact police at the time.
Wu claims the incident was consensual.
You may remember Rep. Wu from the 2010 election. His campaign staff apparently closed down his office and campaign just days ahead of the election due to his increasingly erratic behavior, including crazy e-mails he sent in which he pretended to be his daughter, and a picture of him dressed
in furry attire as a tiger. They then confronted him over his mental health. Eventually, there was a mass exodus of staffers from his office.
Now comes this allegation, which is not the first time David Wu has been accused of this kind of behavior. During the 2004 election, The Oregonian reported (trigger warning: graphic details at this link) that a woman with whom Wu went to college alleged he had sexually assaulted her in 1976. The allegations were brought to light by Wu’s Republican opponent, but it was apparently common knowledge among Democratic insiders, according to the report.
This is different than your normal sex scandal involving politicians and consenting adult women because of the potentially criminal nature of the allegations. So I’m not going to comment on that aspect. What I will comment on is that this is yet another case that sends a warning about the nature of tribal allegiances in politics. Wu’s district encompasses Portland, a hotbed of progressive politics. The voters there voted him back into office in 2004 despite knowing about the previous allegation, presumably because they couldn’t stomach voting for the Republican. But what does that say about Portland’s voters, that a potential sexual aggressor was more acceptable to them than Goli Ameri, his female Republican opponent?
Do you think it might have something to do with that pesky problem with misogyny the left tends to have?