Congressman David Wu’s resignation letter and notes from FNC’s Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Wu’s resignation letter written in long-hand, not typed
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Fox has obtained a copy of the resignation letter of former Rep. David Wu (D-OR) to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D, pronounced KITZ-hay-burr).
In most instances, House members usually resign to the governor or secretary of state of their state, who declares the seat vacant. A letter may also be sent to the Speaker of the House.
But for the first time in memory, a lawmaker has written his resignation letter in longhand (actually letter is attached as the PDF) rather than type it.
Also, most resignation letters are trite and to the point, indicated that so-and-so will resign effectively at such-and-such time and that’s it. But Wu waxes poetic about science education and human rights in his letter.
In addition, the letter is dated August 3. In his statement last night, Wu indicated he would resign at 11:59 pm. However, in this missive, Wu tells Kitzhaber he will resign “immediately.
Here is the text of the letter.
Dear Governor Kitzhaber,
Serving as a United States Congressman has been the greatest honor of my life. There is other job where you get up every day and ask “How can I try to make the world a better place today.”
Of particular significant to me in this effort to improve the world is investing in more and better science education. Also, I believe my support of people around the world who are struggling for human rights and civil liberties will ultimately bear fruit in a world which is more just an peaceful.
However great the honor and engaging the work, there comes a time to hand on the privilege of office. That time has come. With gratitude to the people of Oregon and confidence that our best days are yet to come, I hereby resign as their United States Congressman for the First Congressional District of Oregon effectively immediately.
God bless the people of Oregon and the United States of America.
I am, very gratefully yours,