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Pelosi seeks inquiry into Ore. legislator

Associated Press / July 25, 2011

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PORTLAND, Ore. - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday called for an ethics panel investigation of Representative David Wu, following a published allegation that a young woman reported he’d engaged in “aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior.’’

The Oregon Democrat has been facing calls to resign but remained silent yesterday over the allegation.

In a statement last night, Pelosi asked the “Ethics Committee to initiate an investigation into the allegations against Congressman Wu.’’

Pelosi had a telephone conversation with Wu Saturday but neither politician disclosed any details.

The Democratic leader says she will send a letter to leaders of the Republican-led House today asking for the probe.

Wu’s only response so far was a brief statement Friday that called the reports serious.

Spokesmen for Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon and for the statewide party organization said Wu had not reached out to the state’s top Democrats.

Trent Lutz, executive director of the state party, and other party members said they hoped Wu would respond directly to the allegation reported by the Oregonian newspaper.

The paper quoted sources who said a young woman left voicemail at Wu’s Portland office earlier this year accusing him of an unwanted sexual encounter three weeks after last year’s election.

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