Congressman who donned tiger costume files for reelection

Despite recent news reports of bizarre behavior and calls for his resignation, Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) has filed for reelection.

Wu filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to be able to run for his seat in 2012.

Two major Oregon newspapers and Oregon Republicans have been calling for Wu's resignation after revelations, originally reported by The Oregonian, that Wu had been exhibiting strange behavior, including dressing in a tiger costume and sending e-mails to his staff in the voice of one of his daughters.

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As a result, some of Wu's staff quit, and others have encouraged him to seek professional help.

Wu went on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday and admitted that he is receiving counseling and taking medication. He has called his behavior "unprofessional and inappropriate."

Wu has served as a member of Congress representing Oregon's first district for seven terms. Given the reliably Democratic voting record of the district, an eighth term for Wu was extremely likely — at least before the news of his odd behavior broke.

Since then, Wu's reelection appears to be less than a sure thing, and his presumptive challenger, Republican and sports management consultant Rob Cornilles, has repeatedly called attention to Wu’s behavior.

Cornilles challenged Wu's last reelection but lost by 13 points. This time, Oregon Republicans are more optimistic. Wu, however, apparently thinks he can defend his seat.

Read Wu's statement of organization here.


—This story was updated at 10:38 p.m.