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Ore. Congressman: Mental Health Not Job Issue

Saturday, 26 Feb 2011 07:34 PM


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon congressman whose erratic behavior has prompted calls for his resignation says his mental health condition doesn't prevent him from doing his job.

U.S. Rep. David Wu refused to specify his health issues to KGW-TV in an interview aired Saturday, and says he doesn't have to publicize his condition because he's "not the president of the United States with my finger on the nuclear trigger."

The Democrat blamed the stress of his re-election campaign last year and the responsibility of caring for his two children.

His behavior has included sending photos of himself dressed in a tiger costume to his staff, and led seven staffers to resign after the campaign.

Some of the state's newspapers have called Wu unfit for office.

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