Legislator undaunted by obstacles in Wu challenge

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ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) -- State Rep. Brad Witt began his campaign to challenge Democratic Congressman David Wu this week.

Witt is the second Democrat to challenge Wu in next year's primary, and he began his effort with a swing through the district. Wu has been damaged by reports that his mental health and has admitted that his inappropriate behavior led several staff members to quit.

Witt tells The Associated Press in an interview that he doesn't intend to make Wu's mental health an issue in the campaign. Rather, he says he will make the case that Wu has been hasn't been a leader in pushing an agenda important for the district.

Wu disputes that characterization and says he's secured funding for important transportation and building projects.