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Congressman pushed to quit over sex charge

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PORTLAND, Ore., July 24 (UPI) -- Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., accused of forcing himself sexually on a young woman, should face an ethics inquiry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.

"With deep disappointment and sadness about this situation, I hope that the Ethics Committee will take up this matter," Roll Call reported Pelosi said in a statement. "I will send a letter to the Ethics Committee [Monday] asking them to formally initiate a review of this matter."

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The (Portland) Oregonian had reported Friday Wu had "an aggressive sexual encounter" with the daughter of a friend and campaign contributor when he visited her family in California last Thanksgiving.

In May, the woman accused the congressman in a phone message left with his district office in Portland. She and her family have declined to comment.

Wu, who is in Washington, has not spoken publicly since issuing a brief statement Friday night: "This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family."

Pelosi, D-Calif., and at least two other senior Democratic leaders in Washington spoke with Wu Saturday, and The Oregonian reports he was asked to quit.

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No Oregon Democrats have come to his defense, and he already had two challengers in next year's primary.

Wu said only, "This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention or stress to a young woman and her family."

Roll Call noted in February Wu had sent his staffers photos of himself in a tiger costume, which he later acknowledged was "inappropriate." Wu had said he is getting mental health treatment and was taking medication, Roll Call said.

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