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The Wu Scandal: Why 'No Sense of Urgency' from Nancy Pelosi?


In March 3, 2011, ran a story alleging that Congressman Wu was trying to assure Democrat leaders that he was in good shape, politically and personally to run for Congress again after a number of his campaign staffers resigned in February.

Here’s what Politico quotes Wu as saying,

I’ve indicated to her [that] at her convenience, we’ll chat,” Wu said. He also said he plans to have similar sit-downs with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel of New York and Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and George Miller (D-Calif.), who are co-chairs of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

“I intend to go to them out of respect for them and the offices,” he said. “I’ve been advised that there is no sense of urgency.”

“No sense of urgency”? Was it too “inconvenient” for Pelosi to talk with Wu? Apparently so. Months after it was disclosed that Wu sexually assaulted a girl, Nancy Pelosi still won’t call for Wu to resign. She wants a limp-wristed ethics probe to deliver the slap she won’t. It’s not as if congressional censuring is all that bad a punishment, anyways.

Take, for instance, the example of Rep. Charlie Rangel, the disgraced corrupt Democratic congressman, who became the first congressmen in twenty-five years to be censured after some of Rangel’s corruption was made known. Wu had said this about him.

“I can say that if the charges prove out … I would probably vote for a very serious sanction, if not removal,” said Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) to Politico in November 16, 2010. That, by the way, was eight days before Wu, age 56, allegedly raped the 18-year-old daughter of a long-time friend.

One wonders how Democrats — the supposed “party of women” — will vote if the probe moves through. One wonders how Charlie Rangel will vote.

Charles C. Johnson is a contributor to Big Government. You may reach him at


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