By Jordy Yager - 08/02/11 09:11 PM EDT
Rep. David Wu’s (D-Ore.) letter of resignation could come as soon as Friday if he follows his own timetable.
Prompted by allegations of sexual assault, Wu said he would step down from office “upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis.” President Obama signed the bipartisan measure Tuesday afternoon after it passed both congressional chambers.
A spokesman for Wu told The Hill that he didn’t know when the seven-term lawmaker was planning to issue his resignation letter, but hoped to have a better sense soon.
House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return GOP senator: Reid's 'ramblings' are 'bitter, vulgar, incoherent' MORE’s (R-Ohio) office said it has not received Wu’s letter of resignation yet, nor has the lawmaker communicated his intentions as far as the timing of his resignation.
In addition to the letter to BoehnerJohn BoehnerOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return GOP senator: Reid's 'ramblings' are 'bitter, vulgar, incoherent' MORE, which is more of a formality, Wu’s resignation will be submitted to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), who will then initiate plans for a special election to replace him.
Wu's spokesman told the Oregon newspaper The Spotlight that Wu was not planning to remain in office throughout August.
"He pledged to stay through the crisis and the crisis isn't over until the President signs it into law," Erik Dorey said, according to The Spotlight. "We are not talking about weeks and weeks down the road."
The allegations surrounding Wu, first reported by The Oregonian, have plagued Democrats for the past two weeks as his sex scandal followed closely on the heels of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) resignation. Weiner initially lied about and then admitted to sending sexually-explicit pictures of himself to women through a social-media website.
Wu’s allegations stem from the teenage daughter of a campaign donor, who left an angry voicemail on his district office phone accusing him of sexually assaulting her.