For starters, no one is wooed by Rep. David Wu‘s (D-Ore.) behavior as of late. Before it was tiger costumes and rantings about Klingons. Now the congressman’s strange behavior has turned sexually scandalous. And she’s 18. He’s 56.
Comments on Twitter range from the absurd to the bizarre. “Is Wu pulling a Weiner?” one reader asked. (We do hope Wu is not pulling anyone’s weiner.) Another questioned Wu’s potential antics on Capitol Hill: “When should a young DC intern hit the panic button? In the Cannon bldg if she sees man in tiger suit saying ‘Wu do you love?'”
The Media Coverage
While we won’t likely be treated to New York Post covers on Wu for days on end as we were in WeinerGate, the publication is by no means ignoring Wu. Geoff Earle in the D.C. bureau has been on top of the story. The publication has two Wu offerings today. In one, Earle credits Politico for reporting last night that Wu has no plans to resign from Congress. That was graph two. In graph three comes credit for The Oregonian, which broke the story in the first place. Late Friday night Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen, meanwhile, takes one graph to credit The Oregonian. Late Sunday night the same reporter duo broke the news that Wu is refusing to quit. An excerpt: “He isn’t going to be running for reelection,” a Wu adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told POLITICO late Sunday night. “But he hasn’t done anything that rises to the level of requiring him to resign.” The NYP story plays the whole thing straight except for a caption in their second picture of Wu in the tiger costume today. It reads: “David Wu: Teen-sex furor.” A posting on conservative columnist Michelle Malkin’s website has that same Wu in a tiger costume photograph. That caption reads: “Wu-hoo! Hey, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Nancy Pelosi, I’m over here!”
Roll Call‘s HOH offers a Top 5 Weird Wu moments this afternoon to fill in the uninformed on just how weird Wu has been acting. The Hill offers generic coverage of the scandal with a blog story that credits “media outlets” as breaking the news of Wu refusing to stop down as opposed to Politico. The Daily Caller is having a little fun with the scandal with a headline that reads: “Wu-nergate: Pelosi calls for ethics probe into Rep. Wu sex scandal.” TWT is also having a Weiner flashback with this Wu-zy on Kerry Picket’s Water Cooler blog. Her headline: “Deja Wu- Dem congressman’s sex scandal brings back memories of Weiner.”