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February 23, 2011 03:32 AM UTC

At Least He's Not Your Congressman

  • by: Colorado Pols

We have an early frontrunner for the political quote of the year, from embattled Rep. David Wu, an Oregon Democrat:

“I think a take home lesson from this is while they were very, very unprofessional, you shouldn’t ever send photographs of yourself in a Halloween costume, something you intend to wear to a private party a couple of nights later…

We’d say a better lesson is that you should never, ever, ever wear this costume at all. Ever. For any reason. Period.

Here’s the whole interview from ABC News.

The picture of Wu in the Tiger costume is from the website Willamette Week.


18 thoughts on “At Least He’s Not Your Congressman

  1. Then I read the WW link and the kooky email exchange. This guy’s a nut!

    But what’s wrong with a Congressman dressing up for Halloween? All the important parts are covered and he doesn’t look sleazy or politically incorrect. If it weren’t for that he’s apparently drunk and crazy, if those emails came from him, and stupid, if they came from young children given access to his official email account, there’d be no story here.

    Now if he’d dressed in a polar bear suit, the Tea Party would protest his “global warming moonbattery” or something…

    1. There is a photo on facebook of one of our Congressman dressed up for Halloween. I think it’s a hoot. That alone is absolutely nothing. Remember Juliani cross-dressing for some show? So what?

      The emails are a little wierd, I admit, but again, not criminal. The guy definitely needs a shrink, or to lay off the schnapps, but at least he’s not sleeping with lobbyists and lying about it, or sending inappropriate texts to little children.

      And he does look cuddly.

    2. Sure, maybe it was a cake walk, but if I was a staff in the last 72 hours and my charge disappeared and sent me some really odd emails and this photo, when he should be out knocking on doors or attending rallies, would make me a bit concerned.

      Remember–this is the stuff that we know about.  I doubt they all quite because they have bad memories of tiger costumes.  

  2. These people walk a fine line between gravitas and goof. Both have their appeal, but of course the entertainment quality in a politician is essential. And don’t you think society is evolving to accept the goof more?

    But cross the line and you have to live with it, like pat Schroeder in the bunny costume.

  3. Oregon congressman says he sought psychiatric help

    (Reuters) – Oregon congressman David Wu said on Tuesday that he is undergoing psychiatric treatment after his staff complained of erratic behavior that included his e-mailing a picture of himself dressed in a tiger costume.

    The Portland-area Democrat elected in November to a seventh term spoke publicly about his behavior during a guest appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” show, saying that circulating the picture to his staff was “unprofessional” and “inappropriate.”

    He also said that he sought treatment for mental health issues through medication and counseling after his staff confronted him about his personal conduct during the 2010 congressional midterm campaign.

    “Last October was not a good month. It was very stressful,” Wu told ABC host George Stephanopoulos.

      1. and he confirmed that his staff practically had him committed because of his erratic behavior.

        That’s some brave staff. I give them a whole lot of credit for their efforts to get him help.  

  4. Having worked for a few Members of Congress, I can unequivocally say that erratic behavior is par for the course.  LOL

    I don’t think the costume is a big deal.  We have all seen worse.  I’m starting to sound like a liberal, but the guy is human…(no comments needed about the tiger costume at this juncture.) LOL

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