Gov. will let voters choose Wu's replacement
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Aides to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber say his plans for a special election to replace Rep. David Wu include primary elections for nominating candidates from the parties.
The aides tell The Associated Press that Kitzhaber must wait until Wu's formal resignation is submitted to set a specific date.
Kitzhaber would have the option to allow the parties to hold nominating conventions to choose a candidate. To do that, he'd schedule a primary within 80 days of Wu's resignation. But Kitzhaber says he wants broad voter participation, so he's opting for a later date.
Wu resigned Tuesday after a report was published alleging he had an aggressive sexual encounter with the teenage daughter of a friend last year.