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Here's the letter that Congressman David Wu sent to Governor John Kitzhaber today. Click to zoom.
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Handwritten resignation letter. What a weird guy.
There's no other job where you can ask how to make the world a better place? Wow. Congress member in the US House of Representatives is the only way? Sigh. Serious bummer.
In other words, the rest of us are just suckers.
I think you could also probably read it as: He's done trying to make the world a better place, and now he's going to go make some money.
I actually think the handwritten letter was a nice touch. I think it's a subtle demonstration of the significance of the act and the service on several levels.
Absolutely. Members of congress have printed documents produced every day with their signatures on them, and it's tremendously impersonal. This letter says he sat down and thoughtfully penned his last words as a congressman. I appreciate that.
Ease up, Kari. You got your pound of flesh.
It's worth noting that there's not a drop of contrition or apology, either to the women he allegedly accosted, to the staff he's making unemployed, or to the voters whose trust he failed.
He is not well and probably unable to face all what is in front of him. I would not expect
contrition from him, when he is not even truthful to HIMSELF....We can only hope he heals, if not for him, but for his children.
The lack of apology is a symptom of the complete insulation from consequences for breaking the law that law makers seem to be getting used to. Until we reintroduce the concept of consequences for law makers and children alike, we should expect more of the same.
Thank you cards should be handwritten. Apology notes should be handwritten. This was neither.
Kari and I will never likely agree on matters of policy...but I certainly concur with his observations here. David Wu doesn't get to wrap himself in the American flag and trumpet his selfless sacrifice on behalf of citizens everywhere. His actions were a complete disgrace, unbecoming of an elected official to any level of office. His lack of acknowledgement of the circumstances shows his true character and sense of entitlement that would seemingly justify such behavior. Republican or Democrat, we should all be disgusted and demanding better of those who are so inspired to "lead" us.
I think the big picture is being missed. Mental illness, and the devastating efects it has on those who suffer from it, and their families. The pattern of strange behavior exhibited by David Wu, seems to suggest it as a possibility. Certainly, his "lack of acknowledgement of the circumstances" is similar to those who suffer from bi-polar illness. I hope that David Wu gets help, and that readers of Blue Oregon will take some time to educate themselves about mental illness.
He could have written it two-sided and saved paper. That letterhead is going to be used on a lot of drug store runs in the years ahead.
Steve Duin certainly didn't think too much of the role the Democrat party of Oregon and specifically this blog played in trying to cover for the rapist and former congressman. Why in the world would anyone turn a blind eye to a man violently forcing young girls to have sex with him? Just because he is a democrat and Oregon's second biggest labor shill? Really? And where are all of those scream queen women's groups s yelling and marching against this guy? How many women does a democrat 'someone' need to rape before the democrats take notice and replace the guy?
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