Exclusive interview, David Wu (part one): Why did his pollster say that his staff "need to be protected"?
By Carla Axtman and Kari Chisholm.
Among the many elements of the Oregonian's reporting back in February is an email from well-respected pollster, and long-time Wu advisor, Lisa Grove. Here's how the Oregonian's Janie Har and Charlie Pope reported it:
"This is way beyond acceptable levels and the charade needs to end NOW," wrote Lisa Grove, a senior and long-serving campaign pollster, in an e-mail to colleagues that day. "No enabling by any potential enablers, he needs help and you need to be protected. Nothing else matters right now. Nothing else."
We wanted to know what Wu thought Lisa was talking about. Obviously, it's a pretty troubling statement about Wu's relationship with his staff.
KARI: Here’s one question that I hear again and again when I talk to people. I’ve known Lisa Grove for nearly 20 years, back to when I was an intern for Ron Wyden in the House. She wrote an email - it’s been reported that she wrote an email, in which she said, “No enabling by any potential enablers. He needs help. And you need to be protected.” What was she talking about? Protected from what?
WU: I don’t know because I haven’t seen the email. And I don’t know if that’s accurate.
I talked to Lisa Grove one time in the middle of October and I wish I had talked with her more. She talked with staff. And I know that those staff, probably for good reason, well-intentioned reason, were concerned.
The one time I talked with Lisa Grove, we talked for an hour. And she said at the end of that hour, “I’m so glad we talked. I feel a lot better about everything.” That was in the middle of October.
At then, at the end of that time – you know, I don’t know. I didn’t talk to her. And she didn’t talk with me. I don’t know whether that email quote was accurate or not.
She did a good job. She was with our campaign from 1999 until this fall. I think she did a good job. I like her. We will have a new pollster. I think she’s good. She is clearly – we’re going to lose the intelligence on Oregon that someone like Lisa can provide.
- Part two: What happened that final weekend before election day?
- Part three: Have his former staffers been silenced?
- Part four: Why did so many senior staff leave?
- Part five: Has the media coverage been fair?
- Part six: Why take mystery pills from a friend?
March 23, 2011 | |