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Washington Scribes Can’t Woo Rep. ‘Tiger’ Wu

Seven-term congressman David Wu (D-Ore.), who got into some hot water last week when it was revealed that he had sent photos of himself in a tiger costume to his staff, among other instances of bizarre behavior, has been making D.C. headlines all week.

But it seems Wu has ignored D.C. media. Most accounts of his erratic behavior come from his hometown newspaper, The Oregonian. Even Roll Call, which usually doesn’t have a problem getting a hold of members of Congress, had to rely on an interview Wu did with KGW-TV in Portland for their reporting. The Hill hasn’t been able to speak with Wu either. Instead, they cited his appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” as did Politico. The Atlantic made the tiger costume picture its “Photo of the Day,” but used Portland’s alternative weekly, Willamette Week, to write its story.

The Daily Caller, Politics Daily, and HuffPost have relied on AP stories while The Daily Beast linked to The Oregonian. None wrote their own stories.

Chris Cillizza, author of WaPo‘s “The Fix” blog, named Wu the “Worst Week in Washington” winner, but he didn’t talk to Wu, either.

But don’t worry, reporters. You’ll have plenty of time to try to woo Wu in the future: He officially announced that he won’t step down and will seek reelection.

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