The drip-drip-drip of revelations continues, as the whole story still eludes David Wu

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It's the first rule of scandal management: Get the whole story out, right away. If you hold back critical details, or let obvious questions go unanswered, then you're just whetting the appetite of a curious press - and creating skepticism among your friends.

And that's where I sit today. As I've said many times, I'm undecided about whether Congressman David Wu should get another term in Congress (or even finish this one), but it's getting harder and harder to believe that we've heard the whole story.

Here's the latest news about David Wu:

One BlueOregon reader, Nick Bostic, wrote yesterday - "I don't get why his staff would all bail on him based purely on the things we've heard so far."

And to me, that's the critical question. Everything we've heard so far is curious - but hardly a collection of incidents that would seem to lead to the sudden departure of the key leaders of his political and congressional staffs, many of whom had worked for him for over a decade.

I'd love nothing more than to stop writing posts about all this, so here's hoping we get the whole story soon. Wu's said repeatedly that he deserves some zone of privacy regarding his medical situation. I couldn't agree more; I've long believed in a zone of privacy for all people, including elected officials. But not when it comes to the treatment of staff, especially taxpayer-funded staff.

Unfortunately, Wu also said on KPOJ that he thinks he's now told "the whole story" and it's now "tied up with a bow" with the interview Monday morning on KPOJ.

Sorry, but we're not there yet.

Meanwhile, with respect to the politics:

Here's to hoping that they're right -- and we can once again support Congressman Wu wholeheartedly.

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    I just updated the post -- realized that I'd missed one of the revelations contained in the KGW interview.

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    Ambien and Valium aren't painkillers—Ambien is a sleep aid, and Valium is a benzodiazepine that can be used as a sleep aid, or to treat anxiety. These drugs are entirely different from painkillers, either of the opiate or NSAID (if it were indeed Ibuprofen) classes.

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      Good catch, CLC. Thank you. I've edited my post - though I don't think it makes a substantive difference the point in that paragraph.

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    Regarding the news that "State Senator Bruce Starr says he's considering a run against David Wu in 2012, according to The Hill." Oh GOD please, please, please let Starr be the job-killing Republicans' candidate next time around (mirroring Joel Cole's comment about Wu).

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      I disagree. I think Bruce will be a strong candidate for the Republicans. He has a good record of working with Democrats and focusing on accomplishments, not rhetoric. He is quite different than his father.

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    Starr has one advantage over all the other potential Republican candidates whose names are being bandied about recently, he's actually won a race for political office in the district. Starr would definitely be leaving his comfort zone if he decided to run. His right-wing positions on a woman's right to choose would make him a very tough sell in CD 1.

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    Why in God's name should Wu remain?

    After 4 years, now vindicated aptly, I'm waiting for someone to provide a substantive answer to, "why Wu?"

    It's not because he matches his district. He was elected in 1998's electorate.

    It's not because of his standing in Congress: they view him as a joke.

    It's not because of his accomplishments: essentially none. If Intel and Nike are worried, they'll get their poodle from almost any representative, unless Washington County and the West Side of Portland were actually brave enough to send a real populist to Washington.

    Wu's a cipher.

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