In February, Congressman David Wu (D-Ore.) made American political history with an utterly unique and mildly hilarious scandal that involved him sending a bunch of bizarre e-mails to his staffers that included photos of himself in a tiger suit.
The scandal he's facing now is neither historic, unique, or hilarious.On Friday, The Oregonian reported that the teenage daughter of a longtime political ally has claimed she had an "unwanted sexual encounter" with Wu in November.
The woman, who hasn't been identified, is a recent high-school graduate from Orange County.
Wu has admitted to the encounter, but claimed it was consensual.
Wu issued a one-sentence response: "This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family."
Since Friday when the news broke, Wu has faced an increasingly loud call by Republicans and Democrats alike for him to resign.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Wu had spoken with House Minority Leader and Senior Democratic Skullcrusher Nancy Pelosi about the affair, which is perhaps the most important sign that he's considering stepping down.
Yet even if Wu doesn't step down, on Wednesday Washington County Democrats will hold a vote of "no confidence" in him, which could sever any local support the Congressman has from his party.
Also, Politico reports that Democratic leaders are also looking into launching an ethics investigation into the teen-sex scandal that could further pressure the embattled Rep to resign.
Wu, to his credit, has refrained from pulling a Rep. Weiner with an all-out media blitz. In fact, he's been markedly silent on the matter since Friday.
That silence obviously can't last.
But whether Wu will admit defeat or come out swinging remains to be seen.