Politics

‘Tiger suit’ congressman trying to rehabilitate image?

Democratic Oregon Rep. David Wu appears to be taking steps towards a political comeback only a month after revelations concerning his erratic behavior surfaced.

Photos of Wu in a tiger suit and subsequent concerns over the congressman’s mental health emanating from his own staff members inspired a media feeding-frenzy and raised doubts over whether Wu was fit to continue to serve in Congress.

Over the last several days, Wu has been conducting one-on-one meetings with constituents, though many of them are political supporters that have been invited by Wu’s office to meet with the congressman.

Not surprisingly, The Oregonian reports that most of these constituents “didn’t know or didn’t care about the details that landed the seven-term congressman in the public eye.”

Jim Moore, a political science professor at Pacific University, told the Oregonian that “the one-on-one thing is a little weird but you can see why he doesn’t want necessarily to get caught up in a town hall confrontation.” Wu staffers claim, however, town halls will be scheduled in the future.

Wu is beginning to make public appearances again, giving a subdued two-minute speech at an event with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in Portland on Tuesday.

He will celebrate his birthday Wednesday night by hosting a $100 per plate fundraiser in an effort to build-up his campaign war chest in what political analysts believe will be a difficult reelection race in 2012, even though Wu has been comfortably reelected in previous election cycles.

  • Ledger

    Of course it would be better for conservatives if Tiger Boy stayed in office, but he should take a disability retirement and get some mental health treatment. When his supporters indicate that the one on one meetings are weird, that is a bad sign. It indicates a deterioration from a previous level of functioning. If he melts down in a campaign with no viable opposition, then he cannot handle the stress of the every day requirements of the office. It is sad, but voters need more competent representation of their interests in Congress.

  • kolaboy

    $100 a plate? That’s a lot for a bowl of Frosted Flakes, Tony.

  • borntoraisehogs

    The entire left coast should be turned over to the mexicans and chinamen.

  • cnter91

    Looks like a guy having fun in at a costume party. Big deal.

  • HoosYoDaddy

    Way to go Oregon!Is this all you got?

    “Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”

    Winnie The Pooh

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