Embattled Oregon Democratic Rep. David Wu says his family is his focus as he deals with the fallout of the latest congressional sex scandal.
"Aside from everything else, I'm trying to take care of the best interests of my family," Wu said as he left the Capitol building heading to a waiting car.
Wu is facing considerable pressure from lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after allegations surfaced over the weekend that a teenage daughter of a family friend accused him of an "unwanted sexual encounter."
Wu did not deny the allegations, saying only that the allegation is "serious" and he doesn't want to draw any "unwanted publicity, attention or stress" to the young woman and her family. Pelosi forwarded an ethics committee request Monday to determine if Wu violated any rules of the House.
Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., was with Wu and was also one of four House members seen talking with Wu during a vote sequence near the rear of the chamber Monday.
At first, Honda denied talking to Wu, saying "No, I didn't" when asked if he talked with Wu. They actually talked for at least ten minutes.
Then when a reporter indicated they also saw Honda conferring with Wu, the California Democrat said "There's nothing I want to share right now. Very personal things though. I want to respect that."
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who was also observed talking with Wu said he just wanted to express his concern for Wu's two young children and "make sure they're alright."
Walz says he knows Wu from a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan last year. Wu was also seen talking to Reps. Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Rush Holt, D-Ill.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, D-Conn., has spoken with Wu twice in the past three days.
Larson, without saying he was speaking about former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., whom the Democratic leadership eventually asked to resign after a recent sex scandal, said he told Wu to look to past situations.
"I said recent events should guide him as to how things can unravel around here," Larson said. "No one can tell him what to do. And he doesn't have many options."
Wu left the Capitol and got into a Toyota Prius driven by Honda. Even though Wu initially left with Honda, he returned to the Capitol moments later and was seen driving away in a black SUV with Oregon tags.