David Wu, Exit Stage "Whuh?"

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Aug. 4 2011 3:43 PM

David Wu, Exit Stage "Whuh?"

Blue Oregon scoops the resignation letter that the soon-former congressman hand-wrote in blue ink.

There is no other job where you get up every day and ask, "How can I try to make the world a better place today." Of particular signifigance to me in this effort to improve the world is investing in more and better science and education.
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And so on. We will find out in due course what exactly Wu did with a young high school grad after Thanksgiving last year. Given that he resigned, we probably won't like the story. But I, for one, was fond of Wu's goofy optimism. It's a shame, really, that we won't have a member of Congress who struggled with mental health issues and survived to tell about how they can be overcome. We've got a late-night punchline, as if we needed another one of those.

 

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.