By Chris Cillizza
Friday, February 25, 2011; 12:00 PM
A grown man dressing up as a tiger for Halloween is rarely a good idea. Sending a picture of yourself dressed as said tiger to a subordinate is a really, really, really - we can't emphasize this strongly enough - bad idea.
Which brings us to Rep. David Wu of Oregon, who did just that last fall. It was one of a series of odd acts by the seven-term Democratic congressman that were made public over the past week - and that raised questions about his mental fitness and ability to serve.
First came a report in the Oregonian, the paper of record in Wu's Portland area district, that his staff had confronted him about his erratic behavior and sought to have him hospitalized in the days before the 2010 election. At the time, he sent e-mails in the voice of his children from his private congressional account in the early hours of the morning, gave a rambling speech and talked his way into the restricted area of an airport and asked for votes, staff members said.
Wu, hoping to quell the controversy, sat for an interview Tuesday with "Good Morning America's" George Stephanopoulos in which he acknowledged that he had sent "unprofessional, inappropriate" e-mails to staffers.
"Last October was not a good month," said Wu, who was born in Taiwan and is the first Chinese American elected to Congress, adding that he has been taking care of his children alone and caring for his 88-year-old mother. He sought counseling, he said, and continues to get therapy and take medication.
Wu is still clinging to his seat, which he has always held easily in his heavily Democratic district. But he's begun to face resignation calls - albeit it from Republicans and a newspaper not in his district - and it's not clear if he can weather this latest controversy. Six senior staffers have resigned from his office.
David Wu, for having to go on "Good Morning America" to say "you shouldn't ever send photographs of yourself in a Halloween costume," you had the Worst Week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
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