Rep. David Wu wearing a tiger costume that was sent to staffers, who became alarmed about his mental health. The photo is an Oct. 2, 2010 file photo provided by the Willamette Week newspaper to the Associated Press.
AP reports and NBC'S Frank Thorp confirms: "Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon has announced that he is resigning from Congress."
*** UPDATE *** This comes after it was revealed this past weekend that the troubled congressman had been accused by a teenage girl of an unwanted sexual encounter. Wu's behavior has been erratic and alarmed some staffers when he sent them a photo of himself in a mascot-like tiger suit.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had called for an ethics investigation into Wu.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Here's Wu's statement, per NBC's Thorp:
It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a United States Congressman. Rare is the nation in which an immigrant child can become a national political figure. I thank God and my parents for the privilege of being an American.
Now, however, the time has come to hand on the privilege of high office. I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.
The wellbeing of my children must come before anything else. With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues.
It is also the only correct decision to avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in Washington. I intend to go forward with new resolve and love of family, the State of Oregon, and our nation.