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  Oregon Rep. David Wu resigns; candidates scramble to replace him
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Last EditedJason  Aug 03, 2011 08:52pm
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MediaNewspaper - Oregonian, The (Portland)
News DateThursday, August 4, 2011 12:30:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON -- Rep. David Wu resigned from office Wednesday, releasing a statement that he has officially ended his job as a member of Congress.

The action kicks off what is expected to be a wide-open race for his replacement. It also brings to an inglorious close to Wu's tumultuous 14 years representing Oregon's 1st Congressional District.

"Serving as a U.S. Congressman has been the greatest honor of my life," Wu said in a statement accompanying his resignation announcement, effective a minute before midnight. "There is no other job where you get up each day and ask, 'How can I try to make the world a better place today?'"

But, he said, "there comes a time to hand on the privilege of elected office--and that time has come."

Wu's departure allows Gov. John Kitzhaber to start the timeline for a special election to replace him. The plan, according to spokesman Tim Raphael, is to call for a special primary election to coincide with an already scheduled election Nov. 8, as a way to save money. That would be followed by a special general election on Jan. 31, 2011.
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