Oregon Congressman David Wu sent out a statement at 9:30 today saying, yes, he's resigning.
Here's what he's got to say:
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.
Is anyone going to shed a tear for David Wu's career? I've never actually met a passionate fan of Wu, even before this recent scandal. Mostly it seems that people are asking: So, what happens next?
BlueOregon has the procedural details: The governor chooses the date for a special election. If it's more than 80 days away from now, candidates will be chosen through a primary. If not, they'll be chosen by a party convention.
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