Even more than usual, the political news this week had us looking up synonyms for “strange”.
Oregon Congressman David Wu responded to reports of erratic behavior in the run-up to last November’s election.
The Oregonian and Willamette Week newspapers reported that Wu had sent bizarre emails to staffers and that some of his aides pleaded with Wu to get a mental health evaluation.
The Democratic Congressman appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. He told George Stephanopoulos that he’s ready to move on from what was a difficult time in his life.
David Wu: “I did some things, I said some things which I sincerely regret now. And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help.”
The congressman didn’t say exactly what he was seeking help for.
Meanwhile, we have new data from the U.S. Census Bureau that gives us a better sense of who is living in the Congressman’s district.
And events in Madison, Wisconsin, have us wondering out loud about labor relations in Salem, Oregon.
It’s another edition of our Friday political chat. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. He’s also a warm weather chaser, and he’s on the line from Southern California.