Oregonian Representative David Wu formally announced Wednesday that he is resigning from Congress.
The announcement follows the passage of a deal to raise the debt limit. Rep. Lu had announced in July his intent to step down as soon as the deal was passed, in response to allegations that he had unwanted sexual conduct with the teenage daughter of a friend.
The Oregonian published the Congressman's resignation statement, which contained no allusions to the scandal.
“Serving as a U.S. Congressman has been the greatest honor of my life. There is no other job where you get up each day and ask, ‘How can I try to make the world a better place today?’
“Particularly meaningful to me has been working for more and better investments in science and education. Also, I believe that my support for people who struggle for human rights and civil liberties will ultimately bear fruit in a world that is more just and peaceful.
“However great the honor and engaging the work, there comes a time to hand on the privilege of elected office—and that time has come.”
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will now be responsible for calling a special election to replace the vacated seat. The Oregonian reports that the primary will be scheduled to coincide with an already scheduled election November 8, in order to minimize costs, with the special general election to be held on January 31st.