Oregon Rep. David Wu (D) will resume his reassurance tour when the House recesses next week.
Facing a potential primary challenge, Wu has increasingly sought to reassure Democratic activists that he's still able to serve. The Portland Democrat has been under pressure since it emerged that days before the midterm vote last November he sent staffers a picture of himself wearing a tiger costume and e-mails written in the voices of his children.
Wu announced Wednesday he would hold six public meetings with constituents across the 1st district next week. According to The Oregonian, Wu's announcement indicated he would focus on "the economy and ways to create jobs" and made no mention of his struggle with mental illness -- a sign he's looking to move past his recent public difficulties.
Wu has filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission and he met with activists back in the district last month before returning to Washington for the latest House session.
As Wu has been making the rounds, some activists have begun floating the names of several Democrats who could potentially challenge the congressman, including former labor commissioner Brad Avakian, state Sen. Suzanne Bonamic and former state Attorney General candidate Greg Macpherson.
Whether the seven-term lawmaker gets a challenge may depend, in part, on his next fundraising report. The April quarter deadline is March 31. At the start of the year, Wu reported having only $7,500 in his campaign account and $60,656 in debt.