Good Morning America viewers expecting a Rep. Christopher Lee-esque tale of misdirected shirtless shenanigans were likely disappointed by George Stephanopoulos's interview
with Oregon Congressman David Wu yesterday. The
interview started out promisingly enough for gossip hounds. Stephanopoulos used the words
"intervention," "psychiatric hospital" and "treatment" within the first
90 seconds. Wu, however, was not inclined to engage in specifics about
his curious behavior on the campaign last fall. He only really perked up
when Stephanopoulos asked about this photo Wu emailed to
staff members depicting the seven-term Democrat in a tiger suit:
On this subject, it was clear the congressman had learned his
"I think a take home lesson from this is that while [the
photos] were very, very unprofessional you shouldn't ever send
photographs of yourself in a Halloween costume, something you intend to
wear to a private party a couple nights later," Wu admitted. "It's just
not professional even when you're joshing around with your kids a couple
nights before Halloween. I did send those photographs, it was
unprofessional and inappropriate."
True enough. But as Time
Swampland blogger Amy
Sullivan notes, Wu did far more regrettable (and curious) things on
the campaign trail last fall. Like taking Oxycodone
from a campaign donor. And sneaking
past TSA at Portland International Airport. And delivering a campaign
speech "so negative and loud that a Washington County Democratic Party
member complained formally to his office."
So while it's
encouraging to hear Wu say he has sought medical treatment and is in a
"good place" now, we're not sure why he feels his tiger costume can't
join him there.
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