YIFF YIFF RE-ELECT  10:13 am February 21, 2011

Allegedly Insane Rep. David Wu Also Appears To Be a Furry

by Jack Stuef

Bouncy bouncy drunk-dad fun.Congressman David Wu of Oregon did some interesting things right before his re-election in last year’s midterm elections. He allegedly wandered around Oregon like an insane person, for one. Also, it appears he sent his staff e-mails like an insane person, along with photos of him dressing up like some kind of tiger furry. Wow! That’s one sex crime from the Wonkette Trifecta! (He was charged with a sexual assault, but that was in college.) Wu’s campaign is said to have “essentially shut down” when staff and his psychiatrist staged an intervention and he refused to seek help, so most of his team resigned. Oh, and as for the furry costume? His spokesman called it “a moment with his kids,” but his spokesman didn’t comment on the e-mails to congressional staffers it accompanied, which seem to have been written by a drunk Wu in the guise of his children. Someone’s in the running for a “World’s Best, Sanest Dad” mug!

Whether the photo depicted a staged or real event is uncertain. Someone who appears to be Wu is in the full-body tiger costume. He is face-down on a made bed with his arms at his side, as if asleep or passed out.

A wallet and headphones are strewn next to him on the bed. Behind him, a child who appears to be Wu’s 13-year-old son stands beside the bed dressed in a T-shirt and khaki pants with his hands on Wu’s shoulders. It is not evident whether the boy is trying to wake his father, give him a back rub or play along with a joke.

Six minutes later, at 1:38 am, a fourth email arrived in staffers’ inboxes. The content related to Wu’s drinking. The subject line contained one word: “wasted.”

The email, with Wu’s son’s name at the end, said: “My Dad said you said he was wasted Wednesday night after just three sips of wine. It’s just that he hasn’t had a drink since July 1. Cut him some slack, man. What he does when he’s wasted is send emails, not harass people he works with. He works SO hard for you … Cut the dude some slack, man. Just kidding.”

The account of all of this, uncovered by the Willamette Week, is really pretty awesome if you forget for a second that this is some kids’ dad.

Here’s a description of Wu’s walkabout:

For some staffers, the beginning of the end was Wednesday, Oct. 27, when Wu delivered a belligerent and rambling 19-minute monologue to Washington County Democrats that some in the audience said was inappropriate for the friendly crowd. His behavior left staff members aghast.

That Thursday, on a downtown Portland sidewalk in front of Central Drugs, several staff members pleaded with him to get into their car for a private intervention. Wu refused and took off on foot. His campaign staff could only watch helplessly, afraid what their candidate might say or do.

Thankfully, this happened in Portland, so even if he was, say, urinating on a dog, it probably fit right in and even won him votes.

In 2007, he took to the House floor to deliver a speech about Vulcans. He seemed to think Star Trek is real?

In conclusion, here is a photo of Wu in his office. There’s a whole Facebook photo gallery of him walking around town with these earphones around his neck for no reason.

Profiles in Dad

Here he is photobombing Kathleen Sebelius at an event where he reportedly pestered her to call his children on his phone:

OH HAI

And here he is posing with a bird furry. CASE CLOSED. (Allegedly.)

Wear protection! You don't want to get that avian flu.

[Oregonian/Willamette Week via Gawker/Facebook]

 

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{ 76 comments }

Barbara_i February 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

Crouching tiger, hidden hammered.

SudsMcKenzie February 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

To Dave Wu, Thanks for Everything, Suds McKenzie.

donner_froh February 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

Jackie Chan has really let himself go since he stopped making Hong Kong action movies.

the_problem_child February 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

But he really is much cuter in the Tigger suit than without. Stripes are slimming!

kittenbomb February 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Actually, my 3 year old has this same costume! And I have been thinking about a psychiatric intervention for her as well.

OC_Surf_Serf February 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

Willamette Week: Wasted Wu wanders Westcoast…Wonkette wowed while welcoming wild wanderlust whipped with weirdness.

jim89048 February 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

You think he and Layne crossed paths on their walkabouts?

freakishlywrong February 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

Wu the fuck??

superdave February 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

Ugh. That fucking douchebag makes me ashamed to be of Taiwanese descent.

genxr February 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

Wow. Taiwan must be one crazy place with everyone in furry costumes all the time.

Gratuitous World February 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

at least we can be thankful he didn't get behind the wheel in that condition. the condition of 'being asian.'

BruceLee5000 February 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

the 2nd sentence should have been a reply to your first, but thumbs up regardless. :)

trampndirtdown February 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

Yeah, well o.k. so he's crazy. But did he hang a banner in his office telling his constituents to go eat a bag of dicks?

SorosBot February 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

Being an alcoholic furry nerd is a great strategy to win votes in Portland.

Oblios_Cap February 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

That's where they make Coalition Wu Cream Ale. Coincidence? I think not.

horsedreamer_1 February 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

Truly, a man of the people.

i_like_tigers February 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

Given my moniker this hits way too close to home…….

ifthethunderdontgetya February 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

Thank goodness for some happy news. I was getting depressed after Riley's morning roundup.
~

PublicLuxury February 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

Last year was the Year of the Tiger. He is just fine by Washington Standards. By Oregon Standards?… he migt be on the cusp.

donner_froh February 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

"Wu’s increasingly odd behavior and communication typified by this set of emails so troubled staff that sources say the employees deliberately hid him from public view during the last three days of Wu’s campaign"

That is a hell of a Congressional campaign office. It must have been really tough trying to hide a guy in a tiger suit who likes to walk around talking with strangers about god knows what.

slithytoves February 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

Somehow I'm failing to give a shit.

Terry February 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

What the heck has the guy in the bird costume been doing? Look at the end of his beak!

Barbara_i February 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Looks like he blew a seal.

BaldarTFlagass February 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

I don't see what's the problem.

SudsMcKenzie February 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

"staff and his psychiatrist staged an intervention", can we get a little more of this for candidates.

HistoriCat February 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

You could turn Congress into one big support group.

Grief_Lessons February 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

Vulcans and tigers and beers, oh my.

Barbara_i February 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

Couldn't you just see him in his tiger suit, unzipping his fly and telling people, "ya know, in some places this is considered an aphrodisiac?" No thanks, I am waiting on some rhino horn.

mereoblivion February 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

At least he's a Decmorat. Uh, Demrocoat. Y'kno. Wasted. Cut Tigger some slack. Just kidding.

Gratuitous World February 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

"No, like I said, Wu peed on my rug."

SexySmurf February 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

That rug really tied the room together!

GlowneyHouse February 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

"Thus ever to deadbeats, Portland."

DaRooster February 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

Willam-ette Week…
Get your own name!

Crank_Tango February 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

put a bird on it!

SorosBot February 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

He still seems more sober than Boehner.

XOhioan February 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

Jack–
Klingons. He gave a speech about the Bush Whitehouse being full of "faux Klingons." On a likert scale rating of psychosis, a Klingon reference is a "10," while a Vulcan reference is only an "8."

WIDTAP February 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

Deadwood tries to decode Wu's emails.

Not suitable for work.

fuflans February 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

god, that show.

SaintRond February 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

Consider, if Hitler had had a Tigger suit, there very well might not have been a Holocaust.

baconzgood February 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

What's with the bird and the baseball bat? Are they going to go and raise some Saturday Night Hell?

PubOption February 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

I think he is just giving his opinion on the Pujols contract controversy.

Oblios_Cap February 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

It's obviously a case of advanced anus burger poisoning.

Though, for a guy named after a major dialect of Chinese, he makes a fairly passable Tigger.

Redhead February 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

Was this intervention because of his drinking or because he's just batshit crazy?

SorosBot February 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

Or because he's batshit crazy because of his drinking combined with his constantly getting stoned? (He's from Portland, so constant use of pot should be a given).

DangerHelvetica February 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

"We dress him up as a tiger."
"Sexy tiger or rubbish tiger?"
"Sexy!"
"My apprentice is to be dressed up as a rubbish tiger and brought here."

Redhead February 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

"Allegedly Insane Rep. David Wu Also Appears To Be a Furry"

Seems a bit redundant.

LiveToServeYa February 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

Chinese Tiger Dad?

genxr February 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

You've won the literary world.

Negropolis February 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Ok, this needs more positive thumbings.

fuflans February 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

i suppose this was inevitable.

Lascauxcaveman February 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

Perhaps you should.

waitforsugar February 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Not terribly impressed – I used to live in Portland. I have a feeling that Wu might be some sort of performance art piece.

bumfug February 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

So his campaign staff knew he was not only a drunk but also crazy as a crackhouse whore and their response was to hide him from the public for the last days of the campaign? Never occurred to them that electing an insane alky might not be the best thing for the people he represents? Couldn't be bothered to go to Willamette Week BEFORE he was elected and drop a dime on him? So what happened since the election to change their minds, did he bounce a check to them?

BerkeleyBear February 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I'm moving from Springfield, Illinois where Aaron Schock and Jim Shimkus hold office to Portland. I gotta say, Wu sounds like a hell of a upgrade. Or at least a lot more fun at campaign events.

undeterredbyreality February 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Good thing you said "allegedly insane," because in Oregon, this behavior is certainly no proof of insanity.

littlebigdaddy February 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I'm glad to see Wonkette being evenhanded. I was afraid for awhile that only the R's knew how to bring the crazy. Our furry little Chinaman may be able to give Bachman a run for her money (not Beck, though, I'm afraid)!

MinAgain February 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

"Bother", said Pooh.

sezme February 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Today wu are all insane furries.

Fare la Volpe February 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You know what, the guy might be unhinged, but until he starts encouraging his supporters to flaunt their handguns in public, he's saner than 90% of the Republican Party.

lulzmonger February 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

He's just doing what a freak's gotta do … becoming a Wu Fu Master!
Wu Fu allows a truly enlightened sensei to yiff with beings from other dimensions.

Rarian Rakista February 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I don't understand I'm from PDX, how does this fine man not represent us? We have the largest mentally ill population on the West Coast.

chascates February 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

We in Texas are willing to exchange Joe Barton for this representative.

FlownOver February 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I wouldn't give a urine-soaked dog for Barton.

GodShammgod February 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

The stunning thing is not that a Congressman did all this but that said congressman is not a Republican.

varropdx February 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

The last picture probably was *not* at a furry con – it probably was at a Lincoln High School football game – their mascot is the Cardinals.

Most of Wu's district is suburban Portland – especially the high-tech suburbs of Beaverton and Hillsboro. Furries and gamers are not looked down upon there except as people wasting time that could be spent chugging energy drinks/Mountain Dew and coding.

Wu hasn't done much in Congress (perennial backbencher), but 1.) He's not a Republican; 2.) He supports Taiwan and is one of the few Congresspeople to call out China for its misdeeds; 3.) He's not a Republican.

And Boehner outdoes him in the "lazy, mentally unhinged drunk" category – and no one gets on Glenn Beck for having crying jags on tv….

Troubledog February 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

SORRY ROGER YOU TIGER NOW

bravo_sierra February 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

To be completely fair, that last furry he's posing with is a Cardinal. Probably a Lincoln High School Cardinal which is in his district. But yes, he's clearly off his rocker and not in an endearing Earl Blumenauer sort of way.

zhubajie February 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I've heard rumors that Red Star erguotojiu, the favorite rotgut of Bejing (55% alcohol) was faddish in DC; maybe he's the reason why.

zhubajie February 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

What's the big deal? He sounds better than the average Congressman!

Monsieur_Grumpe February 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Wu wu!

Negropolis February 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Keep Portland Weird and Wired!

If only Dubya's friends and family had done an intervention on him while he was thinking of running for president…

pallas_athena2 February 22, 2011 at 9:14 am

First of all, there's nothing wrong or unprofessional about an adult dressing up in a costume on Halloween and it can't be used as a sign of madness; especially if one has children or is going to an adult costume party!

Second, everyone in an animal costume is not a "furry." My school's two tiger mascots would like you to understand this. Nor is it sign of madness.

Third, posing next to a sports team's mascot who happens to be an animal is also not evidence that someone is a furry nor insane. Even posting such a photo, or using it in a campaign is not a sign of madness or furry membership.

Fourth, tying these things together to claim he's a furry (or is it furry lover?) makes you look quite silly. Really.

I'm also pretty sure he's not the first elected official to get "wasted" and do and say things he later regretted. If that in itself makes one unqualified for office, Congress would be a lonely place.

Finally, how can you expect to be taken seriously if you don't even understand the pop culture references? As someone else pointed out, it was Klingons, not Vulcans, that he called some in the Bush White House. You know, Klingons, bad guys, Vulcans logical and unemotional, but good guys. The show's been around since the 1960's! Also, the fact that he called them "faux Klingons" makes it clear that he wasn't confusing real life with Star Trek. He was using a pop culture reference, which might actually increase his standing with his constituents for all you know. He's a nerd and a Trekkie. Some people think that's enough evidence of madness, but if it is, we're all surrounded by crazy people, most of them pretty intelligent and accomplished. The dude may be crazy, but you haven't provided any valid evidence that he is.

He also appears to be way below the median age for people in Congress; maybe that's why y'all don't get the pop culture reference. Apparently you have to be an old white dude with no sense of humor to be in Congress. Let's see now, who were the bad guys in Flash Gordon? Hold on ….. Ah, yes. It was the Emperor Ming, The Merciless, of the planet Mongo. (I'm not making this up, check Wikipedia for yourself.) As you might expect, based on the name, Ming looked like a stereotypical "Oriental" of that era, and Flash was a red-blooded, blond, blue eyed, polo-playing, Yalie. (Hmmm. Perhaps that would have been a more apt reference for Bush and his cronies.)

KenLayIsAlive February 26, 2011 at 1:48 am

wut?

zhubajie February 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

I still think he sounds a better than average Congressman!

KenLayIsAlive February 26, 2011 at 1:47 am

God. What a gross, dirty, thin, itchy looking and cheaply made tiger suit.

Look Congressman, if you want to approach me with your fetish, at least spend some money on it. It's like a girl telling you she's into using toys and you show up with a dirty chewed up dog bone or toothbrush holder from the dollar store. Just nasty.

Byron December 23, 2011 at 12:59 am

What a colorful life this guy must lead. Also, I need to move to Portland, ASAP!

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